Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Life In The Old Girl Yet

Critics say the novel is dead but people go on writing novels.

Critics say cinema is dead but people go on making movies.

Why this rush to ring down the curtain?

Because it's only once a thing is definitely over that it becomes graspable.

You need a corpse before you can perform an autopsy.

And while there's life in the old girl you can't make pronouncements like "The cinema is this" or "The novel is that"- because there's always the chance that the next thing to be released or published is going to negate all your assumptions.
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