31 May 2006

"Only" fiction. Right.

As a literary scholar I am often intrigued by the sorts of things people will say about fiction.  If someone starts talking about the “message” of a particular work of fiction, oftentimes their concerns are written off as “making a big deal about fiction, for crying out loud!”

People who say this sort of thing also invariably think rather highly of themselves.  They really think that they’re smart.  They get it; people who make a big deal about fiction don’t get it.  Of course the only problem with this is, well, reality.  Very few readers of Ayn Rand’s fiction (e.g., Anthem, Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, We the Living) deny that her purpose his… more

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