“Writers have always been whiners,” begins Stephen Marche’s essay in the latest issue of Esquire.
Fighting words! Brandish your swords!
Then he describes the proliferation of excellent writing (both fiction and nonfiction), the increased access to the marketplace technology has granted new writers, and the hefty sums of money big-name authors make.
Good points! Warily resheathe your swords!
Writing is actually, he concludes, flourishing, not declining, and to claim otherwise is not just “embarrassingly untrue” but also ungrateful.
What do you think? Halfheartedly wag your swords around in confusion?