For much of the 20th Century, being innovative in art was a precondition for recognition, if not sufficient reason in itself. It was certainly the case in visual art. Novels, too, could not escape being judged on their novelty value.
What has come to interest me more than novelty is the possibility of doing something valuable within the canons of well-established art forms. Can one, for instance, write a book within the constraints of pulp fiction that is also great literature? » Read the rest of this entry «