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May 4th, 2005


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"Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience from generation to generation. In this way, literature becomes the living memory of a nation."

--Alexander Solzhenitzyn


I agree with this, and at the same time, hope that what eventually is considered our era's "literature" is stuff written by people like Lois McMaster Bujold, rather than some of our so-called "literary" writers. [also note that I said "some," as there are certainly literary writers who produce work that fits perfectly into the above definition.]
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 4th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
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I think literature is living memory of thought, and music is living memory of emotion.

-JD
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From:kerravonsen
Date:May 4th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
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hope that what eventually is considered our era's "literature" is stuff written by people like Lois McMaster Bujold, rather than some of our so-called "literary" writers.

Depends who's doing the choosing. If the academics do it, then they will try to pretend that nothing exists except "literary" writing. Why would they change the habits of a lifetime?
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 4th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, this is what worries me. :-) In the past, people who wrote melodramatic serial novels like Dickens actually stood a chance...now? I don't know.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:May 4th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Mind you, it was rather amusing in an SF story I once read, to have one character referring to a popular late-20th-century bestseller(*) as "classic literature".

(*) I can't remember what particular author, I just vaguely recall that it was a female author who writes trashy read-them-at-the-airport novels.

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