“It seems only sporting that Wood has joined in the fiction game and, with his first novel, The Book Against God, put his own negative capability —and a version of his own loss of faith—up for review.” The New York Review of Books on the first novel by a critic of fifteen years. * The New York Times takes on where the NYRB reviewer leaves off, pointing out: “But it’s not very interesting simply to point out (or to exult in) the fact that a first-rate critic can write a novel that’s just O.K., as so many have already gleefully done. Far more interesting is that in Wood’s case, the flaws — or rather the fact that there are flaws — in the novel bring you to the heart of what’s wrong with the criticism.”