I remember I felt that Tom had gone — Tom had discovered — Tom had broken all the rules. Tom had actually had enough genius to create a distinctly and deliberate popular novel. In other words, he was able to create a novel that was enormously entertaining. And for me, that was an eye-opener. I realized he was way ahead of me, and that I had come out of a very different kind of set of models, you might say. And so, I think Tom’s work prefigured the postmodern unquestionably.1

  1. Mr InBetween []
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