Forgive me for being so simple-minded, but isn’t Wood simply suggesting that the David Foster Wallaces of the world are unskilled at creating character, even if they claim that inability as a virtue? I guess I’m as pale as they come; I prefer character above all in fiction. Pynchon’s characters are not characters at all, just trajectories, ideas, pale (faced?) abstractions. Dickens, Twain, Austen, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Pym–paleface and redskins, all work with character and all are worth reading. Gaddis, Pynchon, Wallace, Gass & co.–there’s no there there, just noise.
The suppression of the thesis from 1993 to 2001 at the request of the Clinton White House was documented in March 2007 by reporter Dedman, who read the thesis at the Wellesley library and interviewed Rodham's thesis adviser. Dedman found that the thesis did not disclose much of Rodham's own views.  A Boston Globe assessment found the thesis nuanced, and said that "While [Rodham] defends Alinsky, she is also dispassionate, disappointed, and amused by his divisive methods and dogmatic ideology."  Schechter told that "There Is Only The Fight . . ." was a good thesis, and that its suppression by the Clinton White House "was a stupid political decision, obviously, at the time."