Sarah Galvin wrote that in Doug Nufer's work, "pulp, noir, and pop function like clippings from familiar magazines in an elaborate collage." She also described the way he works with rules:
"Nufer began writing with constraints in 1987, after meeting Oulipo writers Harry Matthews and Jacques Roubaud. His first constraint-based novel was Negativeland (Autonomedia, 2004), in which each sentence has a negative and the narrative progresses backward and forward simultaneously. In his novel Never Again (Black Square, 2004), the story of a gambler's struggle to avoid repeating his mistakes, no word is used more than once. His new novel, Lifeline Rule (Spuyten Duyvil), employs an even more severe constraint: the conovowel. At no point in the text do two vowels or two consonants appear in a row."
Nufer's latest release, The Me Theme, is also shaped by a precise form—in this work, "strings of letters repeat to form different words." Celebrate its release at this book launch party.