[Apologies for lack of posting - much fun this (long) weekend at Manchester's Futuresonic 2005 ...]

Hold That Thought! (a blog dedicated to "pseudo-philosophical musings"), considers Steve's excellent post on defining literary fiction. HTT! quotes Steve, as I will too, when he writes:

I shall myself evade defining literary fiction right now. Let this entire blog stand for that endeavour. I will say this though: when I read a novel, it's not IQ and general knowledge I seek or admire, it isn't elegant prose, fiendish plots or psychological realism. It's not even entertainment. I seek an engagement at the deepest level. It’s not always the most comfortable of experiences, and if I had any intelligence maybe I'd avoid it by getting lost in some genre fiction.

Emailing a dear friend last week, I wrote that, "I don't love books: I sit here, surrounded by them, vexed, troubled ... undone."

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