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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Oedipus Come Home. All Is Forgiven

John Warner casts an eye on possible trends in 2006:

2005 story: Publishers and agents are short-sighted and treasure the bottom line over quality.
Trend direction: Worsening.
Probable excerpt from 2006 story: As an experiment, we submitted Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex to a dozen prominent publishers and agents, and all of them passed on the chance to publish this enduring masterpiece. Some of the comments included: “Plot twist where he marries his mother is too hard to swallow and will likely run afoul of increasingly conservative society. Bill O’Reilly would have a field day with this,” as well as, “Comes across like it was written by a pretentious twelve-year-old who was breastfed too long.”


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