Everyone should read the acknowlegements on the copyright page in the front of Infinite Jest. It especially pertains to this block of reading and the long explanations of the AA meetings.
"Besides Closed Meetings for alcoholics only, Alcoholics Anonymous in Boston, Massachusetts, also has Open Meetings, where pretty much anybody who's interested can come and listen, take notes, pester people with questions, etc. A lot of people at these Open Meetings spoke with me and were extremely patient and garrulous and generous and helpful. The best way I can think of to show my appreciations to these men and women is to decline to thank them by name."
The rest of the acknowledgements are pretty witty, too.
I found the section on the AA meetings to be very interesting- especially about how no one thought they would actually work. And even I have thought about the strangeness of the system- a bunch of people get together and talk about their successes and failures and it works! People stop drinking and are supported by complete strangers. The idea that it's the direct opposite of how you got addicted to alcohol in the first place is very cool, and very correct. It makes sense. I wonder if the people Wallace talked to at these meetings told him these theories.
But, then again, all the sayings and mantras kept reminding me of Finding Nemo and their motto "Fish are friends, not food"