Tuesday, July 8, 2014

In search of the Grand Illusion

This etching makes up the writer aspect from the series: The Arts. The desire for composing the "Great American Novel" is something that runs deep for many creative individuals. It is driven by the false myth that anyone can write a book and the delusion of riches and fame that come with writing a best seller. This is because of the mentality of  the post Oprah's book club environment, coupled with the successes of poorly written drivel for young adults caused by Hollywood's push for properties that they can mine for movies. The result is countless MFA's in writing who end up working as barristas and writing blogs hoping they get noticed. In addition, those writers who really wish to stand out play literary shenanigans with format and structure trying desperately to attract an ever increasingly dumbed down and attention deficit public.

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