Hunched over laptops or head in hands, elbows on scribbled messy notepads, as we pour blood sweat and tears into our manuscripts, technology raps on our windows, urging us to take a glimpse of the tectonic shifts shaping our literary landscape. The latest volcanic rupture, Amazon’s Kindle, Sony Reader, and other hand-held biblio-tech devices. From A.O. Scott’s article in the NY Times:
The new, post-print literary media are certainly amenable to brevity. The blog post and the tweet may be ephemeral rather than lapidary, but the culture in which they thrive is fed by a craving for more narrative and a demand for pith. And just as the iPod has killed the album, so the Kindle might, in time, spur a revival of the short story. If you can buy a single song for a dollar, why wouldn’t you spend that much on a handy, compact package of character, incident and linguistic invention? Why wouldn’t you collect dozens, or hundreds, into a personal anthology, a playlist of humor, pathos, mystery and surprise?
The death of the novel is yesterday’s news. The death of print may be tomorrow’s headline. But the great American short story is still being written, and awaits its readers.
To read the article in its entirety:
Narrative and One Story now offer Kindle editions of their latest stories and issues. Other journals and reviews are sure to wisely follow suit. Do you own a Kindle, iPhone, or Sony Reader? How has your new-fandangled gadget changed your experience as reader? How do you suppose it will/is change(ing) our role as writers? Care to post a rebuttal to Scott’s argument of short story as rising Phoenix? We’d love to hear your thoughts.