Letting the pandemic into your writing when no one wants to read about it
I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS LETTER, WHICH IS WHY I'M SHOUTING IT. 💛
No art is created in a vacuum. Anybody trying to pretend a pandemic never happened is delusional.
This was a great breakdown.
This was exactly what I needed today. I am all for reading (& writing) pandemic-influenced literature. Thanks so much!
Also, love the casual reference to Selling Sunset. The way reality tv shows try to move past the pandemic and/or incorporate it into their storylines was (and continues to be) fascinating. The zoom-reunions, staycations, and bejeweled masks were certainly an experience.
Yep, this was an eye-opener. I am one of those people who have said publicly that I don’t want to read about Covid. Mostly because I haven’t wanted to be reminded of this earthquaking event that is still sending significant aftershocks. But I appreciate my eyes being opened to a different perspective. I wholeheartedly agree that literature is going to need to make a distinction about pre-Covid, but—after reading this honest letter and this introspective reply—I am not going to automatically dismiss any writing that includes the pandemic. It can’t be ignored…and I like the shift of feeling we have all been through this in one form or another. And if there are days I want to ignore it, I can always read Jane Austen. Or maybe that asshole Hemingway. 😉
This was an excellent read. Thanks Sonal.