Thursday, February 10, 2011

Beachy's Essay in The Collagist

Kyle Beachy, Roosevelt's current writer-in-residence, and author of the the acclaimed novel, The Slide, has a new essay on the Collagist, Dzanc's online literature site.  The Extent of Our Decline confronts the future of the novel in the age of the IPad, terror, and low attention spans.    

Here is an excerpt: 

"Today's poets strike me as heroic, standing as they do among the enlightened creators who know well to expect nary a dime for their art. Perhaps a dime. There's little space for illusion inside the pursuit of poetry, and the work, for better or worse, is created by and large free the burden of potential jackpot."

It will be published in the forthcoming The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books this March from Soft Skull Press, but you can read it today and be a better person for it!     

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