The Land of Suspect Compliments

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With the release of his debut novel, The Land of Steady Habits, Ted Thompson considers why a compliment, in particular, increases the “residual shame” of publishing. At Salon, Thompson explores what it is he wants, especially when he is so skeptical of praise.


Alex Norcia is a writer living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in VICE, The Millions, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Electric Literature, Word Riot, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He is an editor-at-large at The Offing. More from this author →