Infinite Jest- by David Foster Wallace. Has anyone read it? I read it because a past teacher suggested it, but no one else I know has read it, and I really want to know what other people think about it.
You might not want to hear this kind of hyperbole, but it's the best thing ever written. It's not like it has to be read -- but if you're interested in contemporary literature that makes a stand for the future of fiction in a complex and challenging way, it's a crucial text. If I had the influence to tell everyone one thing to read, that would be it.
Also, this whole opposition to McCarthy thing is kind of funny. There's no fucking way that someone is more literate or a better reader because they don't like McCarthy, because McCarthy's command over the language is something to be admired. Trying to say something of value is not bollocks. It's what writers are supposed to do.