Kmart realism


Kmart realism

Kmart realism is a term coined by detractors of the so-called "minimalist" writers who gained prominence in the late 70's and early 80's including Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, Joy Williams, Mary Robison, Frederick Barthelme, Bobbie Ann Mason, and a few others.

Detractors included Tom Wolfe, Madison Smartt Bell, Frederick Busch, and Cynthia Ozyck, who said "less is less."

Notes

See [http://thisrecording.wordpress.com/2008/07/08/in-which-your-guide-to-fine-realist-literature-is-tao-lin/ "Tao Lin Guide to K-Mart Realism" on This Recording]

See [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A04E5D8143FF93AA2575BC0A9679C8B63 "Up from Kmart" by Walter Kirn, "New York Times" (2001)]


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