Writing – the immediate prospect
Sean Casey at The Kenyon Review muses on the ways that fuel price increases will impact on what we’re reading:
As gas prices continue to rise, writers will be more stationary, more prone to investigating interior landscapes. More authors and, before them, characters will die from bicycle injuries. Poems and stories will smell less of petrol, confine themselves to limited geographies. Writers and writings that travel will do so on mass transit. Email and text message traffic from telecommuters will usurp automotive and postal traffic, boiling letters and words from dialects. Verbs will come with less horsepower, and authors will step with lighter feet on syntactic accelerators. Prose will be more staid, more content to noun around. In and out of books, we will look out more windows. Fingers and feet will do more walking.
And he has a couple of poems on trains.