Monday, March 16, 2009

Iyer the Imperialist

Pico Iyer in the March 8, 2009 New York Times Book Review--

"All the world's stories are America's stories now . . . as never before in our lifetimes, so many histories are flooding into America, and so many Americans going out to claim the world as an extension of their homes. . . ."

Bullshit! This is a proposition which we should thoroughly oppose. Isn't it time we left the rest of the world alone?

Besides, America itself is huge. There are enough stories HERE to be told without mags like the New Yorker publishing every other issue (in-between Updike tributes) yet another bland story from a boozhie conformist writer from China or India.

What happened to the concept of American literature?

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