Dear Will Self,
In response to your article “The novel is dead (this time it’s for real)”, I believe that you had some relevant and interesting points regarding the novel, however, this could have been conveyed in a different way.
The very first thing that is mentioned in this article is the reference to your children being canaries in your own personal culture-mine, which is continued throughout the . You also refer to them as “little harbingers”. The wording of these phrases right at the beginning does not seem to be a good start in terms of trying to get people to see things from your own point of view. To a reader such as myself, this image of your children being used as test subjects for modern literature and culture seems impersonal and harsh to them. You also state that your son has ambitions to be a rock musician, yet instead of encouraging him to develop his talents and helping him to write something more original you only criticise him for doing things that has been done many times before. If as you say, the novel truly is dead, as well as music and other forms of self-expression, then surely the best way to try to revive this is to help and encourage the youth, like your son, instead of discouraging them.
Although I disagree with your actions from the first paragraph, i do agree with what you have said next in this article. I also believe that the web and the internet have allowed us to be able to access anything at anytime, or a “permanent Now” as you put it, which doesn’t really allow room for a new musical era especially with the older generations sticking to their own nostalgic tastes. This too, links to the first point I made regarding the way that the youth is not as encouraged to create new music and literature. According to Pitlane magazine (http://www.pitlanemagazine.com/lifestyles-and-subcultures/generational-differences-in-musical-taste-why-older-people-dont-like-new-music.html) the reason that the older generation don’t enjoy modern music, which could also be said for other things such as novels, is because they have more of an emotional connection to things that remind them of their childhood and adolescence. In order to find new material and to revive the novel, we should be actually listening to what the newer generation wants to read, write and hear, instead of instilling a sense of failure in them before they have even begun.