I was particularly struck by today's email featuring the Story of the Week, which invites writers to send in work and perhaps get chosen for a spotlight. The promo reads: "We love finding and promoting well-written stories by talented writers...click here to submit!" This week's feature is "The Story of an Hour" by KATE CHOPIN! Excuse me? That's right...Kate Chopin! (Did she rise from her 100-year-old grave to submit? Did they discover her...all over again? )
Not that we shouldn't read classics, but....people, hello?....wtf!
We are facing the worst economic crisis of our lives, perhaps of all times. Books are going to dive so far into the toilet that we all better learn how to breathe underwater when flushed down, or else give up now. Couldn't Narrative Magazine have picked some brave new voice from today? How about a little relevancy to bring literature back into good standing? We need leaders on every level now. How about it?