osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Why Americans Can't Write Political Fiction

I just came across this essay and agree with it fully. It remind me in some ways of a speech I've been giving for years. We view politics as the home of the corrupt and inevitably corrupting.

I've often wanted to write a political novel along the lines suggested, one which captures the complexity and hard choice of politics, and the fact that most people in my experience in Washington DC are trying to do what they think is the right thing -- for varying definitions of "right thing." This does not preclude either the influence of money or subsequent rationalizations, but they are the more complex subjects worthy of literature rather than satire or pulp.

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