16 March 2012

Kudos to Book Bloggers!!

I am trying so hard to blog only once a day but occasionally something is brought to my attention that really needs a post. That's what happened today. Recently, I reviewed The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney. You can find the review here. In an interview in the Tribune today, Mr. Delaney gave his opinion of the book blogging community and I thought I should pass it on to you:
Tribune: How strong is the pulse of literary fiction, criticism and serious examination of literature in the 21st century? Who are today's shining literary lights?

Frank Delaney: "Great question! People have been saying for generations, “Oh, the novel is dead.” Well, it ain't – nor is that wonderful American invention, creative nonfiction, nor is biography, nor is political writing. And as well as the books, the commentariat is alive and well. 

In fact, there's an argument to be made that it's healthier than ever, because we now have this wonderful new creature, the Literary Blogger. I'm a massive fan of this gorgeous animal, with all its fur and feathers – for a number of reasons. My main complaint about the general direction of literary criticism over the last century has been – and Joyce is a case in point – that it tended, in its lofty tone and often impenetrable language (not to mention occasional vendetta behavior), to be antidemocratic, to keep certain areas of literature to itself, whereas my own passion is for as many people as possible to be reading as widely as possible. 

The Literary Bloggers have no axes to grind, they're not protecting their reputations, they don't fear being sneered at by other critics, they're reading what they want to read, writing what they want to write, and they don't want to keep what they enjoy to themselves. They want to share. They want to expand the constituency of reading. They want to hail and applaud good writing. To my mind this is a very significant development – uneven, I grant, here and there, but, dammit, not as uneven as the generations of formal literary critics, and the blogging intention is so good and so worthy of loud vocal support that you can call it truly a new and, to my mind, incomparably welcome development in the world of reading and writing."
Makes my heart happy! Thanks to Mr. Delaney! If you want to read the entire interview, it can be found here.


  1. *appaluds* I love what he has to say :D That is so right and I love an author that sees it as it is

  2. Yay! That's so good to hear! I've heard book bloggers being put down so much lately that it's just nice to read this.

  3. Wow this is such a lovely post to read. I think I'll mention this on my blog on Tuesday if you don't mind. I'll link to your review too.

  4. Thanks so much for passing this on, Dana: How heartening!

  5. Great share Dana! I think this is worth blogging more than once a day.

  6. That's lovely to read! Thank you for sharing it Dana!

  7. That is so nice to hear, and he is totally right. I do this cause I love it!


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