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Octet

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Criticism

New York Times critic A.O. Scott describes Octet as "a frantic, fragmentary story," indicative of "the fretful embrace and guilty recoil that typify Wallace's relationship with his literary antecedants [which are] classic symptoms of what Harold Bloom has called the anxiety of influence... anxiety may not be a strong enough word; panic is more like it." "The Panic of Influence"