David Shields: 'Plots Are For Dead People'

05/17/2010 11:42 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

We live in a post-narrative, post-novel world. Plots are for dead people. Novelly novels exist, of course, and whenever I'm on a plane, it's all I see everyone reading, but they function for us as nostalgia: when we read traditional novels, we get to pretend that life is still coherent.

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