The Flight from NYC & The Possibility of Local Stories
"By television and other public means, we are encouraged to believe that we are far advanced beyond sitting till bedtime with the neighbors on a Kentucky ridgetop… most of us no longer talk with each other, much less tell each other stories. We tell our stories now mostly to doctors or lawyers or psychiatrists or insurance adjusters or the police, not to our neighbors for their (and our) entertainment. The stories that now entertain us are made up for us in New York or Los Angeles or other centers of such commerce." --Wendell Berry
I wasn't sure where to put this one... so opted for storytelling because of the above quote... but it could just as easily be in a circle for home & security or community & systems.
This Berry quote was in an article about the impact of C19 on NYC and it's culture -and all the people leaving NYC. Outside of the political aspect of the above article, I thought it was interesting in it was talking about migration away from the big city and also about how local cultures could reemerge in the wake of NYC dominating cultural life in the USA.
With that gap in the public consciousness, it's a time of opportunity for those of us who wish to tell different stories, stories about places and people other than those in NYC.
Working at a library I see lots of pseudo-literary fic and it's all set in either NYC and its burbs, or LA, it seems. I gag on the summaries of the books. Looking forward to seeing more (bio)regional character emerging in deindustrial fiction and fiction in general.