The readers of this blog know by now that I have problems with certain aspects of the American version of postmodern literature – one of my plaints is given here. Philip Roth, among other, less luminous beings in the writer/reader firmament, has given up on fiction. Why? Because many of the most talented young writers have used fiction as a mirror for their own personalities, not for story.
There are tons of stories out there that should – MUST – be told. While we do live in an age of personalities, and while it’s impossible to keep today’s writers’ personalities out of their writing, the story is – and always will be – the thing.