My opinion … fair warning

29 Jun

Everyday I receive literary updates from Amazon. Like actors/singers, authors are on the block for a dime a dozen these days. There are so many authors, unknown to me, that they far outweigh the ones I’m familiar with. And, it seems that these writers have been around for a while as they have far too many books in print to be newcomers. This baffles me. When and where did all this ‘word’ proclivity come from?

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Writing and acting seem to be, in my opinion, nothing more than a churning out assembly-line of the glamorization of absolutely no intellect whatsoever. In fact, it appears to be a prerequisite to getting a spot on the conveyor belt. Are you dumb as a rock? Well then, come on down!

Oh alright, there may be one or two unknown-to-me writers that can attend the same soirée as the likes of the greats, but not many. An author, to me, not only writes a flowing hypnotic narrative, he lives it.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) and the Bloomsbury group of literati; the flamboyant Truman Capote (1924-1984) within the circles of high society; Jack London (1876-1916) commingling life with fiction as he literally drank-in its confines; Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953); Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), whose illustrations spoke to her; Isak Dinesen (1885-1962) ………. Charles Dickens (1812-1870), for crying out loud.

Back in the day, fame was a concept of nonexistent importance. They lived within their own boundaries in a different sphere of life than non-writers. And now they are all gone. Except for their stories both written and lived, I doubt that any writer (word loosely used) today, save for a handful, can boast such a legacy.

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