Bertlatsky could have just simplified things by asserting that Clowes isn't just striving too hard to fit some vague model of "literary fiction," but that it was following a model of "bad literary fiction." That is, fiction that's trying to be literary but just doesn't have the right stuff, and ends up being derivative of better authors.

Which is certainly the way I feel about Clowes. I'm not as militant against Ware but I just don't think there's as much there as his apologists assert.

Okay, Charles, what the hell is a VICE reader?