To encourage the authors

“Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” — Samuel Johnson

Dans ce pay-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres — Voltaire

People are always saying that the arts don’t do well under censorship, but actually art and literature flourished under the Spanish and Austrian Habsburgs and under the Czars. That was even true under Russian Communism — I have friends who read Russian and they’re always discovering great new Russian authors.

By contrast, under conditions of freedom most American literature is crap. The obvious solution would be to kill an American author every once in awhile. I have a few names in mind.

Just to answer the inevitable questions: No, I don’t know anything about contemporary American literature. I don’t read it. Why should I? It’s all crap. And don’t get any weird ideas. We should be thinking of well-known authors handled by reputable publishers, not self-published unknowns like me.

Published in: on July 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

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