The Heavy Hand
Something seems to be missing from modern literature: a little levity.
the source: “Divine Comedy” by Julian Gough, in Prospect, May 2007.
Why are modern literary novels so earnest, so praiseworthy, so serious, and in the words of novelist Julian Gough, “so bloody dull”? Why is tragedy overvalued and comedy underrated? Such undeserved inequality, he says, goes back two millennia. Many writers believe that the ancient Greeks considered comedy to be the superior form of...