Literature vs. journalism

Critic Cyril Connolly, quoted in The New Rambler: "Contemporary works do not keep. The quality in them which makes for their success is the first to go; they turn over night. … Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once, and they require separate techniques. There can be no delayed impact in journalism, no subtlety, no embellishment, no assumption of a luxury reader and since the pace of journalism waxed faster than that of literature, literature found itself in a predicament. It could react against journalism and come an esoteric art depending on the sympathy of a few or learn from journalism and compete with it."

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