A scathing criticism of "institutionalized Creative Writing." If this sounds familiar to the genre crowd, it is because we have our own version, the Clarions, which have considerable intersection with publishers and convention crowd writers.

A competing (or complementary) influence is popular culture. Contemporary American literature recognises no established ‘canon’: the reader’s knowledge of Shakespeare and the Bible (for example) will not be taken for granted. On the other hand, readers are assumed to be intimately familiar with the same films, television programs, and pop songs as the writer.
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