The Vulture Reading Room: In Defense of Wetlands

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The gloves are off in the Vulture Reading Room! In his latest dispatch, New York book critic Sam Anderson defends Charlotte Roche's Wetlands after making a small concession: "Yes, Wetlands is — by mainstream bookish standards — demonstrably aesthetically terrible. Roche is a black hole of literary talent who has very likely set back the art of fiction by 200 years ... It's possible that the complete works of Jane Austen have already ceased to exist because of the once-in-a-generation canon-warping force of Wetlands’ total wretchedness." Plus, reactions from Jessa Crispin, Ayelet Waldman, and our commenters. [Vulture Reading Room]