[ilds] Youth Movement

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Wed May 6 05:01:18 PDT 2015

I'm pessimistic about the future of literature.  I agree with David Green.  We live in an age without great writers and without an appreciation of greatness.  The culture has radically changed.  Corporate culture has taken over, and that includes both the publishing industry and the academic production of MFAs.  It's all about the "bottom line" and standardization.


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> On May 5, 2015, at 5:55 PM, Kennedy Gammage <gammage.kennedy at gmail.com> wrote:
> I appreciate the discussions that have been shared, and particularly David Green’s recent question: “…Durrell is still being read, but by whom it is hard to say: students, uni types? aging baby boomers?” The metrics that might answer that question are problematical: Amazon ranks? Twitter mentions? I personally love used bookstores and always look for Durrell/Miller/Nin/Perles et al. If there is a way to quantify those used book sales (or browsing activity - or a survey of college and university literature courses?) I am unaware of it. There are a lack of metrics, but I think we all have the sense that some of our favorite writers are ‘out of fashion’ at the moment. The cover review of the New York Times Book Review two days ago on the new biography of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow states: “Bellow admirers in their 20s and 30s are increasingly hard to find.” No support for that statement is given, but it sounds right.
> These things happen: the tides go in and out. As a science fiction fan I am pleased that all of Philip K. Dick’s books appear to be in print, decades after his death. 20 years ago I had to comb the used bookstores for those titles. I predict Durrell and Miller (who both coveted the Nobel and were disappointed) will both stand up again, like boxers with gloves raised. There’s a very seductive review of a new book on Miller’s time in Big Sur in the latest number (12) of A Café in Space, the Nin journal, that I would definitely like to read. And a friend of mine recently purchased Growing Up Jewish in Alexandria: The Story of a Sephardic Family’s Exodus from Egypt by Lucienne Carasso. I asked him if he read it but haven’t heard back yet. Sounds like something we would be interested in.
> Cheers - Ken
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