Stranger than Fiction

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The death of the novel has been argued and rebutted and argued again. Drawing from David Shields‘s book of literary criticism, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, Alexander Nazaryan wonders whether the essay might do a better job:

Reality Hunger argues that to survive, the novel must become less like itself, to just stop with the whole plot-character-theme business…If you have something to say, say it plainly, without all the juvenile disguises of the novel.


Roxie Pell is a student at Wesleyan University, where she writes for Wesleying and The Argus and tweets hilarious nuggets of pure wisdom @jonathnfranzen. More from this author →