The title is slightly sensational, and really, not accurate to the piece. This isn’t so much about genre vs. literary fiction as much as Ishiguro vs. Le Guin. Some interesting stuff here for fans of these writers. I can’t wait to read Ishiguro’s new book after reading this.
The novelist goes deep on the future of his books and the TV series they begat.
I've read all but two of these, and they are certainly great books. How do you really pick the 10 greatest ever though?
“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” ― Elmore Leonard, Dead at 87
This is actually how I’m reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane – slow and steady, savoring every word. And enjoying the book a lot so far.
I particularly like this quote from this piece on the changes in publishing:
What we lost when we lost bookstores was the concentrated power of the bookseller to promote works of particular merit--personal recommendations drove sales.
The author goes on to note how this affects literary fiction more than other forms, which I agree with. This, too, will change in time. Especially as sites like Storybird (which I work on, full disclosure) find ways to bridge the gap between accessible and art.