THE PROBLEM with literature today is that it’s dominated by bureaucrats with a tops-down mindset. They believe they can impose their flimsy “progressive” values onto literature, via their control of a handful of flagships. Tottering flagships like the New York Times Book Review.
This explains the nonsense of the National Book Critics Circle and their “Gender Counting.”
Of least concern are two very different factors.
A.) What the public wants.
B.) The inherent aesthetic and moral values of stories, poems, and novels.
Literary bureaucrats are part of a much larger problem—a pseudo Left whose principles have more to do with Bismarck than Marx. Whose only true ethos is ever-larger bureaucracy. Layers of bureaucracy which are strangling the nation and its economy, in the same way literary bureaucrats strangle the literary art.