The Novelist as Activist


Writing is already subversive enough within the context of our broken society. Today, one of the largest injuries is being inflicted on human interactions and language. Within the novel, the relationship between a reader and a narrator is as intense and emotionally complex as any relationship between that reader and another human being. The slow accumulation of the soul of the other, a satisfying human need, occurs in the turning of pages and the deciphering of life as rendered by prose. The novel provides an intercourse with selves, albeit imagined, but just as real. And as the contemporary self is being obliterated by the continuous fragmentation of attention and time, we need the novel more than ever. 


I use writing as a form of philanthropy to empower even the most disenfranchised. That is, our impoverished interactions, and language.