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RE: [Something] I'm in My Hometown Newspaper!

  • From"J. F. Lewis" <paxdraxus@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateMon, 22 Sep 2008 20:22:59 -0500
Something like that, yes.  What always confused me was that the creative
writing teacher in question was a published author... writing Southern
Fiction.  Sigh.

Oh well.  He inspired me to keep writing, so I thank him for his point of
view.  :)

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[mailto:something-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Brian Campbell
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 10:08 AM
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Subject: Re: [Something] I'm in My Hometown Newspaper!

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  
plot-driven fiction.

-- Brian

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  
> excited,
> so I had to send it out.
> I'm on the front page of the lifestyle section in the Mobile Press- 
> Register.
> 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  
> it.
> Here's a link:
> 4360.xml&coll=3
> As is likely the case with most interviews, I'm not sure that they  
> quoted me
> precisely on a few things, but it was still a favorable article.
> Please pardon my squee this morning.  ;)
> Jeremy
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