Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Theoretical Diarrhea

The reason the novel is dying is because of Theory. Self-important establishment writers can write novels only with books of Theory stacked high beside them; Theories upon Theories about the novel. They add more Theory upon that. They phone university presses to assure themselves more books about Theory are on the way. "Ship them to me overnight!"

At one time, authors like Dickens just wrote the things. All the novelist needs is knowledge of the world and life and the ability to tell a story.

6 comments:

- Leopold said...

Amen. But what kind of academic writer (or the spawn that fill up the presses and the authors that prop up the system like boring books beneath a rickety leg of a bookshelf) will admit that their expertise is not needed? They might as well disappear in a puff of smoke at this thought - as if they never existed.

Why, look at the theory books! Written by others like themselves. And inside they say, 'You are Important!'

Fran said...

At this point, after so much fruitless struggling, I really think writing and publishing and society and just about everything is pretty hopeless.

Literature about literature is in; literature about life is not. Bullshit is in. Bullshit, bullshit, and more bullshit, everywhere I look. Book covers over book contents, author age over contents, author gender over contents, author race over contents, author photo over contents, author credentials over contents--in my opinion, most people focus on everything BUT the contents.

Practically no one's looking at insides anymore, only the outsides. Surface, surface, surface--breadth over depth! Few people seem to give a damn about what they're actually reading, and what they're actually spending their money on; they only care if they're reading the latest In Thing by the latest shallow Hot New Young Writer With Nothing To Say But Gibberish Written In A Totally Inaccessible Style that someone somewhere told them was a "must read." That's all some readers seemingly need: a "must read" recommendation from some "important" snoot or some important magazine or some famous whoever, and they'll part with their money in like two seconds based simply on a blurb.

Someone should write a Novel In Blurbs. That would be the whole book: blurbs...oh, wait a minute, so many novels I pick up--they ARE half blurbs. On the covers, on the inside pages--blurbs-blurbs-blurbs! Now when I'm bombarded with blurbs, I just put those books right back down without looking at the insides. I'm becoming what I hate. But I refuse to read anything covered with so much stupid hype. NOTHING has ever lived up to that much hype to me.

I am disgusted by society. I don't wanna participate in any of this shit anymore. Participating in it, even if I'm always fighting against it, is still giving it attention, may still help keep it all alive somehow.

But that's me. You keep doing what you're doing,

Fran

M.D.G. said...

Did you ever feel like someone wants you to feel hopeless and there is no hope for anything? Don't buy it. Keep those fires burning.

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