William Gaddis On Satire

“Much of our fiction, going back well over a century, has been increasingly fueled by outrage or, at the least, by indignation. Curiously enough, this is often coupled with and even springs from the writer’s perennially naive notion that through calling attention to inequalities and abuses, hypocrisies and patent frauds, self deceiving attitudes and self defeating policies, these will be promptly corrected by a grateful public; but the state is the public’s fiction, and gratitude is not its most prominent attribute.”

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