Is Fiction Dead?

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on January 24, 2010

Andrew Sullivan printed a comment, about a comment, about the death of fiction. The prime piece is in mother jones, and discusses the shaky future of University literary magazines. With a couple of yard sale based exceptions, PG does not recall reading any of these.

Lots of schools have masters programs in creative writing now. These institutions take money from students who have no chance of earning back the money to pay for these programs. Whether anything ever written in these programs is fun to read is not known.

As long as people can write, they are going to tell stories. With the explosion of processors and outlets, more people are telling stories than ever before. The pleasure of writing insures that millions are going to tell stories, whether anyone reads them or not.

This explosion of outlets for written stories means more and more competition to reading. Movies, videos, and games are all fighting for the attention of the population. When you consider that many people never get the book habit, this means a shrinking demand for an expanding supply.

Pictures are from the “Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. In the best Atlanta fashion, most of the buildings are history. One is from the Fox Theater…and it stars a dead President.

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