Foer on his critics

Jonathan Safran Foer contends that the “meanest reviews in America” of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close “were from novelists who don’t have audiences. I would never say that to them but it’s an indisputable fact.” (Via Moorish Girl.)

J.K. Rowling could say the same of A.S. Byatt’s “Harry Potter and the Childish Adult,” I suppose, since Rowling’s audience dwarfs the Possession author’s by, oh, about a bazillion to one. But that wouldn’t make Byatt wrong.

Update: Foer’s novel is this week’s Guardian digested read.


You might want to subscribe to my free Substack newsletter, Ancestor Trouble, if the name makes intuitive sense to you.