Maud Newton posts a report by Nick Kocz on a JS Foer reading and book-signing. Kocz says,

Jonathan Safran Foer may very well be our first post-literate novelist. Not that he is illiterate but that he’s writing for a world that has lost faith in the primacy of the written word. . . .

Foer’s work is very threatening. While others have used images and drawings to supplement their texts (Barthelme, Thurber and Haddon come quickly to mind), Foer’s images are used to replace words. The anxiety this causes among those who love words has got to be what’s fueling a lot of the negative reviews he’s been getting.