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He has a very specific and unique way of looking at novels when he reviews them. He calls it “hysterical realism,” which is when he finds that there are too many “episodic actions” that “seemed to be working against the strength of the novel.” He states what he’s looking for in a novel is “the richness of understanding about human motivation. The sense that individuals are ambiguous and complex.” He likes a mixture of the tragic and the comic, not a lack of stability that is created by these actions. Think about in a movie when one crazy thing after another keeps happening and that characters are reduced to “bundles of one liners.”