“The irresisitable proliferation of graphomania among politicians, taxi drivers, childbearers, lovers, murderers, thieves, prostitutes, officials, doctors, and patients shows me that everyone without exception bears a potential writer within him, so that the entire human species has good reason to go down the streets and shout: ‘We are all writers!'” (Milan Kundera)
Abram Terz has a nice short story about graphomaniacs, I’m sure it’s available in English – the moral of that story has often been bugging me: writing is easy, anyone can write, good writing is what is rare.
I wonder if our “publish or perish” academic culture does not only force everyone to become a writer, but also forces everyone else to read all that mediocre crap that everyone is forced to publish? I mean it’s seemingly no one’s fault and yet something’s quote wrong with it, isn’t it?