Friday, July 9, 2010
Today's post is just a mishmash of whatever...
First, thanks so much to Kathi for the blogger award! It is so nice to hear that somewhere out there in the deep abyss people actually read and appreciate what I write.
Second, yesterday I was able to mail off a revised FHE manuscript to the publisher. Say a little prayer for me that it will be accepted!
Third, I have been reading a ton the past week and have really enjoyed some great books. I am excited to share some more reviews with you all in the weeks to come.
Finally, here is the next portion of the Future of Literature article I first posted last week. To read the first portion, click here.
What is shaping literature and its future?
I flash back to Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, which came out in 1969. It seemed to be a plot that had exploded, which you then had to piece together. It seemed to acknowledge the fact that you couldn't put all the pieces together right away. At the end of the novel, it still felt like it was going on. The acknowledgment that things are going to be playing out beyond the provenance of the work of fiction had some of its seeds right there. I think you see more of a willingness in literature to acknowledge the fact that this is not a perfectly shaped whole, that things are going to be messy.
Things like the iPad and Kindle will allow us to carry around massive amounts of literature. Because of that literature is going to be looking for different ways to distinguish itself from mass media, and its going to feel freer to experiment. Because of movies which satisfy so many people's need for visual effect and aural effect combined, theater is going to go increasingly toward things that only theater can do. In the new poetry, I see a fascinating confidence in switching viewpoints very quickly, in mid-sentence practically. So there's a speeding up of changing viewpoints and expressions that comes from technology speeding us up and the fact that you can keep several screens open at a time and divide your attention. The narratives are getting faster and are having more interruptions because we can tolerate interruption.
Scripture of the Day: 2 Nephi 9:18