Should writers avoid the Internet?

Virginia Quarterly Review reviewer Jacob Silverman discusses Adam Kirsch's recent piece, “Literary Fame in the Time of the Flame Wars,” on the VQR blog, which claims that writers (of the serious literary kind) debase themselves by creating blogs and participating on blogs.

"Above all, do not start a blog, for the non-writers who wish they were writers will only despise you for choosing to meet them on their own ground," writes Kirsch. " As one of the commenters on Gessen’s blog put it: “get off the Internet as soon as you possibly can. Every second you stay online”Šanother 18-28 year old (that coveted demographic!) loses all respect for you.”

Silverman seems to agree, calling blog banter a waste of time that debases the artistic spirit by being "anti-literary, unartistic, crude, resistant to intellectual insight, without any purpose beyond self-defeating narcissism."

But, of course, he also points out that he's writing his review on a blog. Read More.

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Nothing wrong with a little livelyness, especially if it ends early and it only happens once in a while in an ares of town that could use a little more livelyness. I live down the street from Belmont, the sound of the live band didn't carry that far. The one worrysome item seemed to me to be the parking for the extra car traffic.

Ban the mopeds and junk cars!

Keep the music.

Get all the unlicensed drivers off the road. Just sit there at the stop sign near MAS/La Taza and pop 'em all for running the stop sign.

Summarily conduct full body cavity searches on all the hoodlums that speed through, and confiscate their weed.

Wow what a bunch of snoozer neighbors can't handle music at 9:00 PM on a Saturday. Move to Forest Lakes or Westminster Canterbury, where "It's fun to eat at 4:30 PM" [sing to tune of YMCA]

Saxx Club has become out of control over the noise as they now play loud till 2:30 am (their closure is supposed to be 1:30 am.) Snoozy neighbors..yes at that time. When they have venues now as 7/7/07 with the battle of the bands, young people parked on Douglas Ave and continued going back to their cars drinking..becoming noisy until a fight broke out in the street@2 am taking the fight into resident's yards. This has become typical for customers of Saxx. Even a contest of gospel music had arguments starting on Douglas over who won. Mixing this type of venue with residential and it will fail. Respect residents? Far from it.

RESPECT IS SOMETHING THAT CHARLOTTESAVILLE IS SHORT ON. THE PLANNING COMISSION AND THE CITY COUNCIL SHOLD HAVE HAD THE INSIGHT TO SEE THIS CONGESTION COMING. IT IS TRUE THAT THE NOISE IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA IS UNCALLED FOR BUT THE CITY IS ONLY LOOKING THE DOLLARS SIGNS. WITH THE COST OF LIVING AS HIGH AS IT IS HERE, NO TAX PAYING RESIDENT SHOULD HAVE TO BE DISTURBED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT FOR ANY REASON. UNTIL THE RESIDENTS OF BELMONT PULL TOGETHER OR UNTIL SOMEONE GOES THE LEGAL ROUTE NOTHING WILL EVER BE RESLOVED.NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO RUSH HOME FROM WORK TO FIND A PARKING PLACE IN FRONT OF THEIR HOME HOW INCONSIDERATE AND IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. RESPECT WENT OUT THE WINDOW IN THE 80'S AND THAT'S A FACT. WITH ALL THE BRILLIANT MINDS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA CITY COUNCIL HAD TO CALL IN PEOPLE FOR OUT OF STATE AND TO VISIT EUROPE IN ORDER TO DEVELOPE A WHITE ELEPHANT FOR AN OUT DOOR THEATER. DOES THIS MAKE SENSE? WHY CAN'T THESE RESTAURANTS/LOUNGE BE RELOCATED TO AN ISOLATED PLACE THAT IS SUITABLE FOR WHAT THEIR BUSINESS IS WHERE THEY CAN SCREEM AND YELL AND FIGH AND GUN THEIR ENGINES AND IT WON'T BOTHER ANYONE THAT IS TRYING TO SLEEP OR HAVE A RELAXING EVENING AT HOME WITH THEIR FAMILY OR DOES THIS MAKE TOO MUCH SENSE FOR TODAY'S WORLD?

IT IS NOT THESE RESTAURANTS/LOUNGE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT IT IS OUR CITY COUNCIL, PLANNING COMMISSION, AND THE WASTE OF THE TAX PAYER'S MONEY. WHEN WILL THE RESIDENTS WAKE UP TO REALITY AND BE ABLE TO SEE THAT CHARLOTTESVILLE IS NOT THE TOWN THAT IT USE TO BE ? WE USE TO HAVE AN ADORABLE LITTLE TOWN WITH WONDERFUL PLACES TO SHOP SUCH AS TOWN AND COUNTRY, WILLEY'S, C.H. WILLIAMS, THE COLANADE, THE STYLE SHOP, BROWNS GIFTS, KELLER AND GEORGE, KELLER SHOE STORE,I. WALTERS, LEGGETTS, SEARS, TIMBERLAKE'S DRUG, FITCH'S DRUG, REXAL DRUG , SEAFOOD GRILL, CANDY KITCHEN,BIBB'S FISH MARKET AND THIS IS JUST A FEW THAT WERE ALL DOWN TOWN.WE DIDN'T NEED OUTSIDERS MESSING IN OUR AFFAIRS THEN AND WE DON'T KNOW. WE WELCOME CONSTRUCTIVE INCOURAGEMENT BUT NOT WHAT CHARLOTTESVILLE IS HAVING TO CONTEND WITH AT PRESENT TIME. THAT'S NOT FAIR FOR THE TAX PAYER.THEREFORE, ALL THIS NOISE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND RUNNING TO GET YOUR OWN PARKING PLACE AND FIGHTS CAN BE STOPPED IF ENFORCED. MY SUGGESTION IS TO WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN, AND SOMEONE IN RICHMOND WILL SOON LISTEN AS OUR TOWN IS BEING DESTROYED. DE

I love the part that says: "I don't think Downtown Belmont is a good place for a raucous band or crowd," says Lynch."

Hell, I thought thats what Belmont was founded on?? I have a feeling the people that are complaining are not the original Belmonters but the damn yuppies who decided in the past 10 years that Belmont was "the place to be" Yeah if I was selling my house that would be great but since I rent and my rent keeps going up as more and more people want to live here, not so great!

But hey as long as we're at it could someone do something about all those noisy kids playing baseball over at Quarry park??? They really get on my nerves when i try and sleep in on the weekends! LOL