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The Decline and Fall of Fiction

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Ted Genoways of the Virginia Quarterly Review bemoans the death of fiction in an excellent Mother Jones piece.

Some strong stuff here:

Last summer, Louis Menand tabulated that there were 822 creative writing programs. Consider this for a moment: If those programs admit even 5 to 10 new students per year, then they will cumulatively produce some 60,000 new writers in the coming decade. Yet the average literary magazine now prints fewer than 1,500 copies. In short, no one is reading all this newly produced literature—not even the writers themselves. And with that in mind, writers have become less and less interested in reaching out to readers—and less and less encouraged by their teachers to try.

To all would-be novelists, this article is for you.

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Written by pavanvan

January 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm

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