Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The internet and literature

If you're writing about modern life, the internet is the elephant in the room that cannot be, but often is, ignored. What is serious writing supposed to be nowadays? 'The further literature is driven to the outskirts of the culture, the more it is cherished as a sanctuary from everything coarse, shallow and meretricious in that culture. It is the chapel of profundity, and about as lively and well visited as a bricks-and-mortar chapel to boot. Literature is where you retreat when you're sick of celebrity divorces, political mudslinging, office intrigues, trials of the century, new Apple products, internet flame wars, sexting and X Factor contestants – in short, everything that everybody else spends most of their time thinking and talking about.' More...

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