Aug 23, 2013 @ 12:59:00 am
William Vollman: Not the Unabomber.
In the recent issue of Harper’s, William Vollmann talks about getting ahold of his FBI file through a Freedom of Information Act request, and learning that he was suspected both of being the Unabomber and the anthrax mailer. Vollmann was dubbed "Unabomber Suspect Number S-2047" after an anonymous tipster sent his name to the FBI, telling the Bureau that the author "owns many guns and a flame-thrower." And that wasn’t the only thing the feds found suspicious: "UNABOMBER, not unlike VOLLMANN has pride of authorship and insists his book be published without editing," the file states, also noting that "anti-growth and anti-progress themes persist throughout each VOLLMANN work." Judge for yourself by reading Vollmann’s essay on whether it’s possible to go off the grid in the summer issue of Bookforum.
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