The Golden Age

“This is a golden time” for literature, noting, “there is a pluralism in publishing that’s unprecedented.”

                                                                                 -Dave Eggers

Culled that from a WSJ blog post about the National Book Awards. I’m trying to find the full text of the speech but not having much luck. I’m not a big Eggers fan but the quote is interesting in how it moves counter to the popular notion that literature is up shit creek without a paddle.

His note that there are publishing opportunities that dwarf the options available in the past is an important one. As we’ve seen with Kindle (despite my dislike of the device itself), there is an electronic market waiting to be tapped.  what really needs to be done is for the powers that be to find a creative way of tapping into it and incorporating it into the mainstream.

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