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The UChicago critic names the works he loved best as a young reader and the author that excites him most these days.

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Is the nature of "the text" changing in the Web age? Are blogs hurting criticism? And could the growing interest in "thing theory" be a response to an increasingly virtual world?

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The term "thing theory" is a joke, but not a joke about physics.

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By inviting us to pay close attention to the object itself, "thing theory" can tease out new meaning in the simplest artwork—even an apparent prank like Duchamp’s "Fountain."