Saturday, November 27, 2004

D-Day 2029

Author and NBA passover Philip Roth predicts that in 25 years no one will be reading novels in this PBS interview.

Literary writers love to intone this kind of apocalyptic stuff, and it always tickles me. I can just hear Oscar Wilde snickering from his grave. Really should be done more toward the end of a millenium, though, not three years into the new. I mean, if you want to get that authentic, end-of-an-era lamentation tone just right. And timing is everything, otherwise you might confuse the lemmings critics. Always best get at the literati when they're building their latest postmodern wickerman, not hiding in the cinders.

Anyway, I think my job is safe. Sorry, Phil. (interview link via Golden Rule Jones.)

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