06/23/2010 07:13 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Is Fiction Culturally Irrelevant?

Amid all the hubbub provoked by The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" list, one elephant-sized fact has been hidden in plain view. Fiction has become culturally irrelevant.

A great novel, one that is for the ages, can still be written. Memorable stories, long and short, continue to be created.

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