Writers: Victims of a Dying Industry or Myopic Whiners?


“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?

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →