I’m not smart enough to understand the books I’m interested in reading. I recently finished Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity by David Foster Wallace. Neat, but honestly I only understood about half of it, and I’m unsure which half.
A book I’ve started several times but could never get rolling with is Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow. I can tell by the way he practically throws words at me that it’s probably a very good read. But although I hesitate to admit it, I just didn’t get it. So in a desparate attempt to actually finish it, I ordered A “Gravity’s Rainbow” Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon’s Novel with the hope that cheating will help.