03/29/2013 03:24 pm ET Updated May 29, 2013

"Most Contemporary Literary Fiction Is Terrible" -

In a recent piece on the Review Review, Dan Chaon writes about the need for young writers of literary fiction to emulate their counterparts in music, and develop an obsessive interest in the products of the culture they hope to join. He bemoans his students' unfamiliarity with the litmags they hope to be published in, and encourages them to explore the literary world. He recommends the annual best-of short-fiction anthologies, and name-checks a few good magazines. "Young writers," he says in conclusion, "if you want to be rock stars, you have to read."