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.
I had really fantastic American and African-American lit classes at Auburn, and I’ve read all the works mentioned in this post. I’m proud that Auburn taught me these books, and also that the school didn’t treat them as “other” fiction. These were American authors alongside Whitman and Faulkner, as far as I was told.
Interesting. Amazon does a literary journal. Who knew.
(Thanks @molly_oneill for the link at work.)
I suspect it’s far more common that criminals don’t read at all than that they get inspired to violence or crime by a Stephen King or John Grisham novel.
My English degree is something I take considerable pride in, even as my career has been built in technology. This article calls it a gift, and I agree: “That gift is clear thinking, clear writing and a lifelong engagement with literature.” Also, this gift helps in “developing a rational grace and energy in your conversation with the world around you.” It’s this part that has served me well in life and work.