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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Then And Now

"(People) are less comfortable with novels. They don't have a backward frame of reference that would enable them to appreciate things like irony and allusions. It's sad." - John Updike.

"[Conditions for literary fiction] have deteriorated. There's just no doubt about it .... The status of literature was much higher when I began writing. There were a number of serious critics that was much greater than now. The number of serious readers was much greater than now. The number of distractions was much fewer than now." - Philip Roth

Quoting the above, The Star's Philip Marchand worries about the future of literary fiction.


  • Everybody worries all the time. Nothing drastic has happened so far.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:11 PM  

  • Nothing drastic will ever happen. These things are pretty gradual.

    By Blogger Hari, at 9:07 PM  

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