Hypergraphia and hot dogs

As we at MaudNewton.com become increasingly wound up at the prospect of the unbelievably prolific Joyce Carol Oates and the “famously blocked” (and brilliant) Fran Lebowitz sitting down with a pop shrink to discuss writer’s block together, George Murray schools Andre Mayer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the difference between the prolific genre writer and the prolific literary novelist:

George Murray, a poet and co-editor of the literary blog Bookninja.com, sees the near-annual release of a new Stephen King novel as “the literary equivalent of watching a skinny Japanese dude scarf down 100 hot dogs in an eating contest; you are kind of grossed out, but gotta hand it to him.” Murray harbors a unique theory about what distinguishes a genre writer like King from a so-called serious artist like Joyce Carol Oates. “It seems with Oates the hotdog eater is a performance artist commenting on the nature of consumption and American hegemony,” Murray avers. “With King it’s just a guy eating 100 hot dogs, then looking like he’s going to die of nitrate poisoning.”

(Via Bookslut.)


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