Time magazine’s recent “Books Gone Wild: The Digital Age Reshapes Literature” is a must-read piece for writers of every level. Among my favorite excerpts from the article is this affirmation of what Wes, myself and many other members of the SCWC have been espousing for years (only more exquisitely expressed by reporter Andrea Sachs):
A lot of headlines and blogs to the contrary, publishing isn’t dying. But it is evolving, and so radically that we may hardly recognize it when it’s done. Literature interprets the world, but it’s also shaped by that world, and we’re living through one of the greatest economic and technological transformations since–well, since the early 18th century. The novel won’t stay the same: it has always been exquisitely sensitive to newness, hence the name. It’s about to renew itself again, into something cheaper, wilder, trashier, more democratic and more deliriously fertile than ever.