Chrishayden Posted July 23, 2010 Report Share Posted July 23, 2010 1) It stinks 2) It is written in a code--like that of Modern Poetry--that afficinadoes of literary fiction or intellectuals understand but nobody else does. For instace, I was rading a piece called "Homesick Blues" in Terry McMillains groundbreaking 1990 anthology, BREAKING ICE that was my Bible back in the day. The story refers to H. L. Mencken. I know who Mencken is, and knew who he was then, because I was in the lit fiction game. But the average person does not know who James Baldwin was, much less H. L. Mencken. (You think I am overstating the case. I spoke to a very well educated Black woman the other day who was puzzled about the hostility between the U.S. and North Korea. "Well, that was that little War we fought with them from 195-1953," I answered. She as unaware of it. Most people read fiction for pleasure. They do not have nice cushy jobs at a college. They work awful boring jobs and do REAL work and don't want to come home, tired and have to work some more looking up every other word in a story. I don't have to. I read and study widely. Chances are I'll come across the name of Mencken by accident. Hemningway didn't go to no college. Shakespeare didn't go to no college. James Baldwin didn't go to no college. They all produced work that is studied in college. Today's college trained, college employed writer cannot produce work that can be appreciated by people who are not in a library 10 hours a day. In other words,in the immortal words of Emil Zola when literary types wonder why nobody reads their dull, derivative works I shout out J'ACCUSE! 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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