What Do Novelists Know Of Economics?

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 21 2012 @ 8:21am

Christian Lorentzen believes that contemporary novelists have difficulty writing about class. Will Wilkinson builds on that thought:

First, novelists just don't know enough about business or people in business to write about them well. Second, novelists are wordsmith intellectuals who feel poorly treated by the distributive principles of market societies and tend to resent those who thrive in its non-semiotics-based class structure. Third, novelists have left-leaning ideological personalities that, on the one hand, make them curious and empathetic, but, on the other hand, make it hard for them to imagine what it's really like to experience the world as a right-leaning ideological personality.