Moving a story

T.C. Boyle, in an interview with Peter Wild for 3AM Magazine, takes issue with the rise of literary theory:

I’ve thought about the domination of the literary arts by theory over the past 25 years — which I detest — and it’s as if you have to be a critic to mediate between the author and the reader and that’s utter crap. Literature can be great in all ways, but it’s just entertainment like rock’n’roll or a film. It is entertainment.

He also contends that the end stretch of a writing project is “the best time in any writer’s life,” because, until then:

… there’s always the chance you’ll abandon something, that you won’t be able to get through it. Once you get clear and you can see the end in sight, it’s utterly exhilarating. All you want to do is work. Whereas at the beginning or the middle, you might find a lot of excuses not to work.

(For Tess.)


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