Since I never finished school I am continually taking up courses and reading books to augment my education. Right now I am informally auditing and online creative writing crash course taught by Ursula K. Le Guin, where aspiring writers such as I am send her questions and she responds with her sharp wit and no-bullshit advice.
Someone asked Ursula the difference between literary and genre fiction, and she replied, "A couple of years ago I wrote a blog about Genre Fiction vs Literary Fiction in which I stated Le Guin’s Hypothesis: Literature is the extant body of written art. All novels belong to it. I find this saves a lot of head-scratching."
Naturally I am a fan of speculative and gothic fiction, but I am also on the lookout for widening my reading repertoire and going beyond my literary comfort zones.
Anne Rice shared this link on her page and you can go there to join in the discussion. It's about writer David Mitchell speaking about what literary fiction as well. I haven't read Mitchell, but I'll be sure to check him out now.
Oh, today is Interview with the Vampire (the movie)'s 21st birthday! Gotta watch it again!