TITLE: Moments of Alarm, Written Word Edition AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: December 26, 2015 2:12 PM DESC: ----- BODY: In The Art of Fiction No. 156, George Plimpton asked William Styron, "Are you worried about the future of the written word?" Styron said, "Not really." But he did share the sort of moment that causes him alarm:
Not long ago I received in the mail a doctoral thesis entitled "Sophie's Choice: A Jungian Perspective", which I sat down to read. It was quite a long document. In the first paragraph it said, In this thesis my point of reference throughout will be the Alan J. Pakula movie of Sophie's Choice. There was a footnote, which I swear to you said, Where the movie is obscure I will refer to William Styron's novel for clarification.
Good thing there was an original source to consult. -----