A particularly spiky bit:
I don’t know how people can still buy into this ridiculous, antiquated notion that the only really “literary” activity is writing fiction. I think the novel is over. It’s so clear to me that the novel is a genre that has reached its final stages, there’s nothing else to do, it’s all been done, the experiments, the this, the that. Naturally people will keep writing novels because it’s fun, and it’s a form you’re sentimental about. But you could certainly make an argument that the novel has now been eclipsed by the memoir as the pre-eminent form of literary self-expression just now—or certainly as eminent as the novel.
Here are my questions, pondering the idea that storytelling is not going away. I'm not all that well read in contemporary memoir and nonfiction, since I tend to write in three genres and try to read in each of those--I do, however, like to read essays. Feel free to answer while I go have a nice lie-down. Day 9 of the flu is proving a bit tiring.