“You have a chance to occur…To make for you this second world that is always the same: with always a purpose to keep this world alive.” So says a wise old tennis instructor. The key to understanding David Foster Wallace’s masterpiece is the concept of human agency: the gift of choice, and how, if you abdicate your responsibility to choose, “if you just love, without deciding, if you just do…Then in such a case your temple is self and sentiment. Then in such an instance you are a fanatic of desire, a slave to your individual subjective narrow self’s sentiments. You become a citizen of nothing. You are by yourself and alone, kneeling to yourself.” Addiction (the big theme of this book) is a way of hiding from real life.