At work yesterday one of my colleagues-- who doesn't know I write-- began telling me about this great book she'd read on her Kindle. It was about cloned Presidents, corrupt politicians, and had an amazing over-the-top plot. It sounded crazy and marvelous. She said it was so involving, like nothing she'd ever read, she couldn't put it down.
What was this imaginative work, I wondered? Something by Ben Marcus or David Foster Wallace?
No. The author was J.A. Konrath, who's one of the leading ebook writers, by all accounts selling enormous amounts.
I began thinking about the importance of my co-worker's unsolicited comment. Could 2012 become a dividing-line year in the world of American literature? I'm thinking of 1956 and 1964 in the realm of popular music-- years when styles and modes turned on their head. What had been "in" one day became instantly obsolete the next.
In the context of dynamite pop writers like Konrath, the snobby opinions of the once all-powerful literary establishment look quaint and stale.
The next year or two could be enormously exciting. Stay tuned to this blog. I intend to cover the changes as thoroughly as possible.