Will novels soon be as extinct as adults?

Hello. It’s been a while. It might be a while again. I’m writing two novels, taking care of my kids, and watching some soccer, so until such time as the novels are much closer to being done, blogging will have to take a back seat on the backburner while it cools its heels and a bunch of other metaphors I could mix together because mixology is fun.

In the meantime, here are two articles that on the face of it are very different, but which I happened to read in the space of 24 hours. First up, Emily Landau’s piece for The Walrus on the millennial generation and New Adult fiction: Never-Never Land. Second, an immensely dense exploratory delve by one of my favourite writers, Will Self, into the past, present, and future of the novel and its place in Western culture: The novel is dead (this time it’s for real).

I won’t go into any more detail about each piece, but it’s certainly interesting to read both in succession and let your mind make the connections.

Oh, and have a dictionary on hand for Will Self’s article…