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From Bookforum

Nichols has a knack for stangely humanizing details. Nabokov's Pale Fire is the clear inspiration here, and though one doesn't finish The More You Ignore Me with the same heart-wrung heaviness, there's real emotion hidden within it's metafictional acrobatics. Nichols's ultimate point seems to be about the unknowability of identity when language is our only option for articulating it.--Adam Wilson


"The More You Ignore Me is a novel that will not be ignored. Travis Nichols channels the energies of such exemplary screeders past as Gogol’s Poprishchin, Nabokov’s Kinbote, Lish’s Lish, and Nicholson Baker's woe-beset anthologist, Paul Chowder. Lynksys181, a kind of latter-day Gollum, cries out: ‘I know I have love to give! Who will dare to take it?’ Reader, you should be the one."—Justin Taylor

“With this hilarious and tragic novel, Travis Nichols has captured the menace and pathos and ridiculousness and dead-seriousness of the Internet so well that now I feel a little bit concerned for him. This narrator's voice will resonate in your mind in unexpected ways forever. You've been warned!”—Emily Gould

“An experimental novel of obsession and violation that makes Nicholson Baker and Mark Leyner look positively banal.”—Kirkus

"The unhinged narrator of Nichols’s amusing second novel . . . is a self-styled 'online justice-seeker and truth-teller.' . . . Nichols writes brawny prose and has an easy touch with humor."—Publishers Weekly

"The More You Ignore Me, beyond being a farcical joyride of a read, also serves as a critical study of the monopolizing role the internet plays in both fostering and sating the human appetite for connection. . . . In an age in which social life can be lived through a screen entirely, to what extent to we indulge?"—KGB Bar Lit Magazine

"In linksys181, Nichols has engaged in a flabbergasting act of literary ventriloquism . . . The More You Ignore Me is a Notes from Underground by way of the Huffington Post."—The Seattle Stranger

"Nichols is brilliant in capturing the wheedling tone, aggravating escalation and stultifying self-involvement of Internet trolls. . . . [R]aw enough to bring the dark laughter of recognition."—Star Tribune

“I had never read a novel so innovative, and Nichols wrote a character that still haunts me. I realized I loved it, and recommended it to anyone who came into the bookstore looking for an unconventional read.”—Lit Reactor, "I Hate You...No, Wait, I Love You! 5 Literary 180s"

"Travis Nichols' The More You Ignore Me features two of my favorite literary devices, an unreliable narrator and ambitious, experimental form (the novel is one long blog comment) in one of the year's most ambitious and thought provoking novels."—Largehearted Boy: A Music and Literature Blog, "Book Notes"

"What Mr. Nichols does brilliantly is examine the inner workings of a delusional and grandiose individual . . . on the darker side of the internet: the disconnect that longs deeply for connection, the disparate cry for acknowledgement."—New York Journal of Books

"Want a reminder what you can do with fiction? Told entirely as a blog post comment from the perspective of a dude crashing a wedding website, this psychologically-driven novel is what you're looking for."—Bustle

"Nichols' prose especially shines when relating the narrator's ambitious project . . . Linksys181 may only have found his voice in the digital realm . . . but the ultimate roots of his discontent is something altogether understandable: a desire and passion for meaningful human connection."—NYZZYVA

"[T]he Ignatius J. Reilly of the Internet age. Prepare yourself for an entertaining read that is funny, creepy, unsettling, sad, and super entertaining.”—WORD Bookstore Tumblr

"Imagine, for a moment, an Internet troll who writes in complete sentences. Who melds the political fire of a revolutionary with the linguistic precision of a poet. Who peppers his rants with references to Norman Mailer, Buster Keaton, and the Nicaraguan Sandinistas. Do that and you might be able to anticipate the spectacular, deranged protagonist of Travis Nichols' very funny second novel, The More You Ignore Me."—Fanzine

"[T]here's something admirable about the way Nichols allows his character the indignity of his prickly tendencies without validating them via sympathetic flashback. . . . The More You Ignore Me reminds us that exploring this sense of failure can itself become the basis for art that is as alive as it is bleak."—Bookforum

"Nichols . . . actually gets the tone and pitch of the troll down pat. This is a stunning book."—The Volta, "The Volta Picks"

"Addressing the internet's ability to unite and divide us at once, magnified by the emboldening power of anonymity and the persuasive gravity of voyeurism, Nichols presents one more serious consideration of personal bias assisted and afflicted by technology."—Denver Examiner

"The novels's narrator, ably fashioned by Nichols . . . possesses all of Ahab's obsessiveness but none of his courage, can best be imagined as Dostoyevsky's Underground Man with Internet access. . . . Nichols's book is a contribution to the body of obsessive literature."—The Philadelphia Review of Books

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566893216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566893213
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,273,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Iowa in 1979, Travis Nichols now lives in Washington D.C. A former editor at the Poetry Foundation, he now works at Greenpeace. His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, The Believer, Paste, and The Stranger, among other places. He is the author of two poetry collections, Iowa and See Me Improving, as well as two novels, Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder and The More You Ignore Me.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Hocevar on September 3, 2013
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Travis Nichols takes the funniest premise for a story I've seen in years and runs it through what for most writers would be a very challenging format - one continuous blog entry - and delivers a clever, funny, and touching novel that is definitely worth picking up.
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