Thursday, November 20, 2008

You can't lose an audience you didn't have in the first place

But why in the world would anyone think that writers should be "bending over backwards" to appeal to people who have no interest in reading? What bizarre conception of literature would have it intended primarily for nonreaders? The mangled logic of this view, which perversely seems to be widely shared by many who do read, seems to me so far removed from any plausible assessment of the place of "literature" in our culture as to be pretty close to insane.

—Dan Green

(Via Chekhov's Mistress)

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