There can be no doubt that terrorism is a threat to Americans as well as to millions around the world. But, as Hurricane Katrina has shown, poverty is as much, if not a greater threat. And yet, despite the increasing divide between the haves and the have-nots that affects the entire world, where is the talk of the state of fiction in the age of poverty? Where are the novels that address class divides? Why aren't people wondering whether fiction can truly reflect a reality where the richest monopolize media attention while the poorest are seen only in times of crises?
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Laila Lalami, aka Moorish Girl (and the author of the new story collection, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which I am very eager to read) has written an important essay, Fiction in the Age of Poverty for Powells.com. An excerpt: