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I submit to you, dear reader, a pair of pie charts showing the varieties of “facial expression” that appear in Tao Lin’s novella, Shoplifting from American Apparel. This ridiculously simple phrase, repeated over 25 times, never once dropping the redundant word, “facial”, is one of many signals that in this novella, the style is the story.

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I submit to you, dear reader, an image of a paperback copy of Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666, coloured to show the relative length of its five parts. The book is dominated, physically (as you can see) but also spiritually (and thus, semantically) by its fourth part: the part about the crimes.

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