We are both disheartened by the homogeneity of mainstream publishing--the whole vampire phenomenon is symbolic of it--and I suggested that one reason books are no longer an electric topic of discussion among intelligent people is because the mainstream "gatekeepers" have kept out some of the best and most provocative books. Many other reasons too, of course, but the lack of provocative books is front and center.Substitute "classical music" for books and "concert presenters" or "orchestras" for "publishing" and you'll see why we need to keep the new and the unfamiliar central to concert music. There's a constant demand for new ballet, theater, movies, and pop music, and there's no reason the same can't be true in our field.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Why We Need the New and Unfamiliar
A friend, a well-known author of both nonfiction and fiction, was musing about the state of publishing and wrote this the other day: