Ah, yet another "creative writing" professor who sneers at genre
fiction. It seems like something they are trained to do; they all have
the same sort of kneejerk reaction, and feel the need to put down
genre fiction at every opportunity.
Anyone who encounters such a person might want to give them a copy of
Michael Chabon's "Maps and Legends." It has a great essay about the
stupid distinctions between genre and "literary" fiction that shows
just how pointless the distinction really is, and celebrates the
entertaining aspects of genre fiction that many fiction critics sneer
at. And Michael Chabon himself was one of those acclaimed short
fiction writers who wrote, in his words, the "contemporary, quotidian,
plotless, moment-of-truth revelatory story[s]" that literary critics
seem to like so much, before he decided that genre fiction actually
has a lot going for it and started working with genre tropes and more
On Sep 22, 2008, at 9:12 AM, J. F. Lewis wrote:
Okay, so this probably doesn't belong on the list, but I'm overly
so I had to send it out.
I'm on the front page of the lifestyle section in the Mobile Press-
I know it's not the New York Times or anything, but it was still cool.
They syndicated a copy online at al.com for anyone who wants to read
Here's a link:
As is likely the case with most interviews, I'm not sure that they
precisely on a few things, but it was still a favorable article.
Please pardon my squee this morning. ;)
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