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It appears that shame -- black and white -- can shrink us. In literature we've been historically reduced to a slither of a people. Writers like me self-censor for fear of offending, for fear of not finding an audience. We don't tell our stories in the context of this nation.
It saddens me seeing writers buy into a class war. In today's market, lit looks down on commercial, which look down on genre, which eschew whatever is lower on the literary food chain.