Whore?

I loved the comments in this morning's Independent asking whether the credit crunch has a silver lining for literature. Geoff Dyer's comments were first class:

"Anyone who has an eye on the market is not a writer but a whore. Nothing wrong with being a whore, of course – just don't try to make out you're a writer...I have this existential conception of writing not as a career but as a back-against-the wall option, the thing you turn to when you've got no other way of making a mark on the world."

Most of those asked agreed that literature can only benefit from a greater depth and avant-garde approach as many writers will realise that, if they aren't going to make money from writing, then they might as well start writing what they truly want to write, and from that position readers will benefit by connecting with a greater sincerity.

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