The death of writing? Not again

March 11, 2015 3:50 PM

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I think we need a moratorium on essays about the death of literature. Especially when they are by people who write for a living. The latest is novelist Tom McCarthy ("C," "Satin Island"), whose Guardian piece, "The Death of Writing - If James Joyce Were Alive Today He'd Be Working For Google," briefly lighted up my Twitter feed Saturday morning, before being displaced by the president's moving speech from Selma.

McCarthy's essay, actually, does not claim Joyce would work for Google, but in an era of clickbait, what are we to do? His assertion is far more nuanced: "If there is an individual alive in 2015 with the genius and vision of James Joyce, they're probably working for Google, and if there isn't, it do...

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