Despite his aversion to unecessary public exposure, Vollmann knows when to make an appearance. With his forthcoming book, Poor People, due out next month, he reviews Anthony Swofford's first novel, Exit A. Swofford is known, firstly, for his non-fiction, Jarhead. It is this latter book that Vollmann recalls to disparage the former. By doing so, I think he did Swofford justice. Others may disagree, but you can, of course, find out for yourself.
It is only my admiration for “Jarhead” that impels me to express my disappointment in “Exit A” so bluntly. I hope and believe that Swofford, who has many books ahead of him if he chooses to write them, can achieve true greatness on a future occasion. "Military Brats in Love" NY TIMES.