There is nothing new under the sun.
Novels, he says, are too long, too demanding for the average tweeter consumer.
“I was being optimistic about 25 years really. I think it’s going to be cultic. I think always people will be reading them but it will be a small group of people. Maybe more people than now read Latin poetry, but somewhere in that range(…) To read a novel requires a certain amount of concentration, focus, devotion to the reading. If you read a novel in more than two weeks you don’t read the novel really. So I think that kind of concentration and focus and attentiveness is hard to come by — it’s hard to find huge numbers of people, large numbers of people, significant numbers of people, who have those qualities”
As I wrote this six church bells in the background merged seamlessly with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor coming out of my computer’s speakers. An accumulation of technologies and art forms, rather than a substitution.
Cultural vehicles are in a permanent competition for our attention, morphing themselves into something slightly different with each turn of the wheels to become more attractive, easier, viral.
Books take up a great deal of space and are heavy. An e-book reader is thin and light and can fit thousands of titles. Wikipedia reads like a never ending biography of the world. The novel is not disappearing; it’s shedding its old skin to fit into a new one. If the medium is good it will survive.
You get to keep your books. And read my blog.