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“I think that there have been displays of an impoverished reading of [The Unnamed]. I get the distinct feeling at times that certain critics have not risen above a 10th grade level of reading and that they approached the book with expectations of preconceived notions that then drive a very boneheaded reading. In other words they don’t allow the book’s rules to establish themselves before applying their own aesthetic criteria to it, which I think is a mistake. I think a careful and adult reader allows the book to establish its world and then evaluates it on how well it does so.”

—Joshua Ferris, in interview

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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