Monday, September 19, 2011

Writers Rich and Poor

A short essay of mine, "A Tale of Two Literary Worlds," has been posted at the citizen journalist website Inewp, at

I wrote the article after looking at the current issue of Vanity Fair at a magazine stand. Though I opened the issue because Angelina Jolie was on the cover, I found inside an essay by Keith Gessen of n+1 instead!

Keith Gessen's subject is Chad Harbach's novel, The Art of Fielding, but he also examines today's publishing world. I was struck by the narrowness of Gessen's viewpoint. I had to respond.


mscriver said...

Manhattan would like everyone to think they are the only game in town. They aren't even the only game in Manhattan. Your essay in iNewp was right on.

The problem is twofold: the general public is STILL totally in thrall to the idea that Manhattan publishing is the pinnacle of achievement, and the huge swarm of people writing great stuff that doesn't come out of a grad school seminar is hard to sort through.

Prairie Mary
Mary Scriver
Valier, Montana

King Wenclas said...

Thanks for the comment, Mary.
Problems-- yet glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel, somewhere.