Saturday, April 9, 2016
Don Quixote and the Invention of Doubt
By some lucky accident of creation Cervantes produced the first true novel and the first psychological novel. Nothing in letters has been more thoroughly imitated and that proves his importance. In fact is it the novel to which we turn to learn about much of about the memes and language of ourselves and society.
Other forms of expression have fallen into disuse and that includes most poetry and even high quality playwriting. The Novel has never wavered even today in the face of true competition from electronic media of all types. When you wish to retreat into the power of your mind a novel is an excellent tool.
Better demand for good writing continues to expand simply because we are doing so much more reading and writing with the internet.