@kai Not yet, but I have A Closed and Common Orbit in my virtual TBR pile.

@snipejaeg I'm not sure I should mention it since I gave up on A Long Way…, but many different species and lifestyles are presented.

@kai That's something I like about N.K. Jemisin's books, too (along with the excellent writing)

@snipejaeg how do you feel about the novel's favored role in American literature?

@snipejaeg I mean the novel in general, not any one in particular

@kai i don't have particularly strong opinions... i'm glad ebooks & [multiple things using the internet for distribution] have made shorter fiction commercially viable for authors who prefer to write than, but generally i have a higher like % with novels, I think bc the authors has more time to develop everything (characters, world, plot, etc).
or to make one thing really good and the rest okay... bc short fiction has limited time it's less likely to do multiple things that grab me

@kai kinda like a painting vs a short film vs a feature film vs a tv season - because of the format, each has a different amount of opportunities to do something interesting (and the longer the story, the more opportunities to recover from a misstep)


@kai but if by "favored role" you mean "what we make high schoolers read," i kinda wish we'd give them a lot of different stuff from the last 20-30 years instead of some "classical canon." get them excited about reading, and processing and engaging with story. then let the English majors and Lit grad students and ph.Ds get the historical perspective bc they're the ones who want/need it.

we've already decided highschoolers don't "need" 19th cent. Gothic romances. Why do they need Gatsby?

@snipejaeg I guess I have this perception that novels are the real breadwinners. No one expects to make JK Rowling money off of a poetry book or short story collection (though I consider poetry an aural art)

but oh god don't even get me started on education. At least children's parents teach them how to have a conversation. Music is worse. A lot worse.

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