David L. Ulin on Tristram Shandy, Zadie Smith, and the Fiction of Apocalypse | Book Marks

They [Tristram Shandy and The Anatomy of Melancholy] are reminders that weirdness, unconventionality, iconoclasm is not contemporary but wholly human, that the books and writers I am looking for are the ones who make it up (as we all must) as they go along.