That's what facts are, says Terry Teachout. Here are some stubborn facts:
- Over the last ten years, no one read or bought very much Shakespeare.
- For the last ten years, the most important writing was for pre-teen and teen audiences.
- No one should be worried about the reach of female writers or minority writers because the top sellers for the last ten years were mostly women and minorities.
That's what I learned here. And the rejoinder is right underneath it. Go ahead. Scroll down.
Not all of those things there are false, obviously. But they don't present a clear picture. Nothing that Teachout wrote is false, but it isn't the full picture. Rob Weinert-Kendt is on the case, though and makes the same basic case. Only better. So go over there and read him.
*Title edited due to a dumb typo. Stupid sausage fingers!