Books: Beware the Blob

A splotch, a blotch,

Be careful of the blob . . .

It creeps and leaps,

And glides and slides across the floor.

Beware of the blob!

This current pop hit perfectly describes the view of man held by a new school of novelistless writers. From Cervantes to Hemingway, storytellers have assumed that man has hopes and aspirations, and that they could be expressed meaningfully. Bosh, says the new school. Man is a blob, creeping and leaping about a world he cannot control, his words meaningless or hypocritical or both. The best thing a novelist can...

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