Tracy Dahlby, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, argues, in an article in The Dallas Morning News, that this country needs a better literary infrastructure.
Today, no worker in words rates the kind of status that Ernest Hemingway had during his lifetime, Dahlby says. “Our quicksilver, digital lives don’t easily tolerate the nuance that well-turned short stories, novels, plays and poetry bring to an understanding of our country and ourselves.
“So, what happens when we lose our grip on our literary infrastructure? I wonder. Is it possible we display more anger and less empathy as a result?”