David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest is a notoriously “difficult” book, and one of the last ones to come to mind when you think of books to make in Lego form. Supposedly, the late author told his friend Jonathan Franzen that “the story can’t fully be made sense of.” But an eleven-year-old boy named Sebastian Griffith has made an abbreviated adaptation of the novel using just Legos. He also has a pretty damn good eye for photography.
Sebastian worked with his father, Kevin, who is a professor of English and has been teaching Infinite Jest to his students for three years. Kevin’s role was to guide Sebastian to the most appropriate passages and describe the events, but he insists Kevin made the images himself.
Kevin tells Dazed that his son has not read the entire book: “Let me be clear – Infinite Jest is not a novel for children.” Even if you’ve never read this book about depression, tennis, drugs, the year of the Depend undergarment and a movie so entertaining that when you watch it you die from being so entertained, take a look. There’s no way to “spoil” the novel and this is probably the closest you’ll get to seeing Infinite Jest in a visual form. See some of our favorite scenes in the gallery above and more images on Brickjest’s website.