The literary world reserves a special place for the show-off. You can spot him from miles away: Telltale signs include take-no-prisoners vocabulary, rampant cross-textual referencing, and flashy attempts at experimentation. When it's done well (think David Foster Wallace), you feel the writer has bravely carved out new territory in your brain; when done poorly (think Douglas Coupland), it feels more like someone's done a silly jig. The line between the two is often... More >>>