By Chris Al-Aswad
Published in Escape Into Life on May 20th 2009
I have a confession to make.
I haven’t been able to finish reading an entire book in over three months.
My compulsive and ardent participation on the Internet, writing blogs, commenting, publishing poems, and reading others’ work, seems to have something to do with this.
Mostly my reading these days is confined to the well-written columns of The New York Times. I am a New York Times enthusiast and reading the newspaper coincides perfectly with my short span of attention.
A couple weeks ago, I grew interested in the phenomenon of “mass amateurism” on the Web and I wanted to investigate it. I asked a couple prominent literary bloggers, Nigel Beale from Nota Bene Books and Andrew Seal, from Blographia Literaria, to write essays for this webzine.