Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest

by

David Foster Wallace

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Narcotics Anonymous, a spinoff of AA for narcotics addicts.
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NA Term Timeline in Infinite Jest

The timeline below shows where the term NA appears in Infinite Jest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 51
Addiction, Mental Illness, and Suicide Theme Icon
Institutional Control vs. Rebellion Theme Icon
Johnette Foltz takes Ken Erdedy and Kate Gompert to an NA meeting, where the members always end up discussing their problems with marijuana. People at the... (full context)
Addiction, Mental Illness, and Suicide Theme Icon
Institutional Control vs. Rebellion Theme Icon
Like AA, NA meetings end with the members holding hands in a circle, reciting a mantra, followed by... (full context)
Chapter 66
Addiction, Mental Illness, and Suicide Theme Icon
Reality as Corporate Dystopia Theme Icon
Institutional Control vs. Rebellion Theme Icon
...prison for running a pharmaceutical business without a license. The women are headed to an NA meeting. Behind them, Poor Tony Krause eyes their purses. (full context)
Addiction, Mental Illness, and Suicide Theme Icon
Entertainment Theme Icon
Institutional Control vs. Rebellion Theme Icon
...for AA. Meanwhile, to her surprise, Joelle is beginning to find her trips to the NA-spinoff Cocaine Anonymous useful. She has developed a problematic attachment to Gately, however. (An endnote clarifies... (full context)
Chapter 71
Addiction, Mental Illness, and Suicide Theme Icon
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After class, Hal travels to an NA meeting all the way out in Natick. He feels silly for going. He thinks about... (full context)