It’s All Fiction!
You may contend that anyone who denies the validity of non-fiction also commits acts like denying the Holocaust or questioning the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth; or perhaps you are more in agreement with Pankaj Mishra who suggests there are “porous boundaries of fiction and nonfiction;” then again, you might subscribe to the oft heard conclusion that fiction is lying whereas non-fiction is truth.
I have regularly argued that non-fiction is just a degree of fiction and is no more, and possibly less, the truth than is fiction. Non-fiction and fiction are both imaginative constructs developed in the mind of man based on past events and experiences and seasoned with a healthy dose of the human brain’s ability to bring both order and imagination to the writer’s craft.Continue reading “It’s All Fiction!”
Please go to The Nation and read the entire article but I just have to throw out this one-liner from Bryce Covert: