That to me was the rub. A writer freed from the need to calibrate with reality, or even be internally consistent, could put a washing machine into the sky along with a rainbow. So why not put a rhinoceros up there too?
Having been an early booster of his, I found myself wondering every so often during the past several years: What’s up with Ben Anastas? His novels, An Underachiever’s Diary and The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor’s Disappearance, had been published in 1998 and 2001. After that, nothing; at least nothing I’d seen. The answer to my question came a couple of months ago, with the arrival of Too Good to Be True.
Thomas Mallon’s Year in Reading.