Bail Out the Writers?
By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER
An article in The New Republic argues that the Obama administration should help laid-off old media types (hey, don’t look at me) by launching a new-style Federal Writers Project, modeled on the New Deal-era program that put the likes of John Cheever, Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston to work on oral histories, sociological studies and legendary guides to the 50 states.
Writing in next Sunday’s Book Review (sneak preview here!), Paul Greenberg has another idea. Forget the W.P.A., think A.A.A. — the Agricultural Adjustment Act. We have too many writers. Time to pay some of them to shut up!
Isn't that what I said last week?
At least a movement is building.