Canada has a long weekend on May 24 (or closest to), the first of the summer. Why do we call May Two-Four you might ask? Well... because you see... because it is traditional to drink some on this weekend and a Two-Four is also a case of beer (24). So that's Canada's tradition and culture for you.
But who cares??? I'm off today and that's what counts! And soon I'll even get started on that drinking tradition...
So what did I do so far on my day off? No writing, but I -
Allow me to quote a few key sentences:
[...] our notion of the great American novel became entwined with a perception that shorter books weren't, somehow, as serious. Seriousness required self-consciousness, and self-consciousness required expansiveness.
The notion that "small" novels are unworthy of high critical esteem has been especially pervasive of late.
What's been lost in the conflation of "small" and "small-minded" is the recognition that small books can be powerful vehicles for big ideasÃto say nothing of powerful examples of aesthetic rigor.
Well, I love shorter novels if they're good and I love longer novels if they're good... seems I like good novels no matter the length so the writer in this piece didn't need to go far to persuade me.
Categories: writing, personal, books