Some kid has come up with an app that allows you to speed read through news articles. Literature can only be next. War and Peace as a series of extended tweets?
Perhaps the novella is the real future of literature, the perfect form for paper and device and the distracted, busy reader. It is a form that forces a writer to say their piece fast and hot. Nothing wrong with that. Here’s a great interview from the editor of Nouvella. Tomorrow night PBS is going to show a documentary about Philip Roth. What is Roth’s best work? For me, it’s easy: his shortest, Everyman. Read that and you’ll see the full value of the novella as a beneficial constraint on an author’s worst tendencies and focusing device on his best.