Sometime back, I thought of reading through his entire blog and came across his year-end reading lists wherein he would list anywhere from 70-140 books read in that particular year.
Because all these books were linked to books.theinfo.org (which is not alive), I decided to put it into a shelf where I could add them to my reading list and access them directly.
This is my very small attempt at spreading the sheer magic of Aaron's curiosity.
Currently, I have been able to add books from 2006, 06, 08 and 10. Its a work-in-progress.
> I don't think my intense fascination with Aaron's life will ever fade away.
Yes, it still hurts to think about his untimely death and what could have been.
MIT still looks out for #1.
That award comes from a particular lab that values creativity and defiance in the face of overwhelming odds (as would be needed for an amputee to become a dancer or athlete).
I made this because time and again, I found myself getting drawn to the choice of his books and wanted to get all of them in a single page.
Any such list will not make me any more than a few tens of dollars so the amount is so minuscule that it makes all the effort of manually adding all these books, quite laughable.
Plus, I can understand websites that use the affiliate system as long as they give me some long term value. I just don't think this website would do that.
So I Googled 'Infinite Jest Ending" to try and figure it out. Lo and behold, Aaron Swartz had written one of the best theories I was able to find, and while he's making a few assumptions about DFW's intent, it does help close the loop a bit.
Lots of spoilers, so I don't recommend reading this if you plan on reading the book anytime soon:
I thought that this post was flagged because of something I did. Didn't realise that the flag was because of a nasty comment on Aaron. Feels bad to let that take away our HN #2 glory though :(
We detached this subthread from https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13839139 and marked it off-topic.