Thursday, September 09, 2004

Granta

The distressing thing about the British publication GRANTA is that Ian Jack is originally from a working class background. He emphasized this when he took over the journal as editor in the late 1990s. Yet the kind of writers given space in the publication hasn't changed an iota-- as far as American writers go it's always the same stale establishment figures. (You know when promo material announces Susan Sontag as a "new writer," the item being promoted has serious problems.)

1 comment:

Adam Hardin said...

The Granta thing is an interesting phenomenom. It proves that all you need is your Famous Name and you can publish crap. This usually takes the form of famous novelists publishing poetry. I can think of three good examples: Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Walker, and Rick Moody. All three write the most abominable poetry, but it gets publsihed because of their name.