that when certain frustrated readers, either on Amazon or on certain cranky websites like The Second Pass start bashing "canonical" novels, they often wind up not only sounding kind of old, tired, and lazy, but they have the effect of making you want to do the opposite of what they so adamantly insist you not do? Much in the way that Richard Dawkins makes going to church seem like some edgy, dangerous political act, the no doubt well-intentioned folk at The Second Pass make you want to read the very books they hate. In some instances, like The Corrections, they even have more to say in its favor than not. And, on top of that, they quote the ever unreliable B.N. Myers as an authority. Am I the only one getting a distinct whiff of reverse psychology?
On the other hand, I have to admit U.S.A. is a very tough slog.