I was talking to someone today on the phone and we realized from reading blogs that for most writers in 2006 the birth of world literature started with The Catcher in the Rye. That the whole history of literature begins with The Catcher in the Rye. That is as far as their reading habits have gone. And that is only because they were forced to read it in high school.
Most writers only have read what they were forced to read in school and what is called "the new IT book."
This is why I get called Holden Caulfield. Even though i only read that book once and thought it sucked.
Because in The Catcher in the Rye nothing happens. There is a guy who is rich and does nothing, nothing bad happens in that whole book, there is no conflict, there is nothing existential said, he is sad why? nobody knows.
These are my lit protagonist heroes:
Okay, read those names, none of them is Holden Caulfield
Also the people who shit on my thing on Tao's blog.
This is why you argued?
Because you are in fact part of the problem and don't even know it.
You are so stuck in your type of literature and don't read anything else you don't even know there are different kinds of literature going on in America. You read these certain books and only these certain books. You were just confused, you were like, "I don't know what he is talking about." And you wrote a reply based on not knowing what you were talking about but wanting to be part of a conversation, but really it was yourself talking to yourself.
No one is battling for supremacy in the lit world, the movie books won if you haven't noticed.
To Kristin and Tao, I'm not talking about innovation or experiments, i'm talking about you two asses. Both of you are original, you write from yourself. You are innovative because you work hard and try desperately to express yourselves. Gene Morgan's Bear Parade is innovative because it has taken ebooks to a new level, they are free, they have cool layouts, he is doing something new with literature. Instead of just making people pay three dollars for a PDF file. You have unique voices and personalities. And THERE IS ALWAYS MORE BE DONE WITH LITERATURE, PEOPLE WERE SAYING THAT IN LIKE 1850. THERE IS ALWAYS MORE TO BE DONE, AND YOU TWO ASSES ARE DOING IT, QUIT BEING MODEST. SPIKE THE BALL AND DO A LITTLE DANCE.