Chekhov's Dilemma

Chekhov's Dilemma

contrast, White Noise merely furthers the view popular among the nation's literati that "American life is unreal and sterile for the middle class and degrading for the working class."
One reason for such rejection, Lemann suggests, is that even best- selling American novelists do not receive the attention they once did. Forced to compete with television and other media, all but the most popu- lar novels sell fewer and fewer copies each year. As Lemann observes, "a writer who thinks...

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