I know because they are my people.

John Warner on Netherland, which lost in round 1 of The Tournament of Books:

Netherland is essentially porn for hyper-literate New Yorkers, i.e., the sort of people who review books for the New York Times.

Joseph O’Neill lost to Louis de Bernieres’s A Partisan’s Daughter, which surprises me even though I haven’t read the latter.  I guess Warner knows why.

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