Piedmont Laureate spoke yesterday on our NPR affiliate, WUNC. Scott Huler said many interesting things, but one stood out to me. He said during his reign as Piedmont Laureate the "worst piece of nonfction" will come to an end. He's talking about the Homeland Security Color Coded Threat System.
That's right, folks, you can no longer ignore the Code Orange rating on your way to the airport, because it won't be there to ignore! (NY Daily News) Who knew what Code Orange even meant? Who paid attention to it anyway? I know in the news business we reported code changes dutifully but without relish.
But I digress...What struck me most about Huler's comment wasn't the end of the Threat System, but him calling it nonfiction. I never thought about it one way or the other, but do we include all records and government publications as literature? Do they count enough to be called fiction or non? (Not debating the fictional possibilities in government works here...)
NY Times. And they're doing it again! That's right, the government commission headed by Thomas H. Kean is releasing a new, fully-loaded report titled The 9/11 Report: The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. It's due to be released August of this year.
All of this strikes a cord with me right now because I've been reading so much nonfiction. I seem to be in an era of learning in my life--can't get enough of the stuff! None of it is dry or mathematical. It's all related to my interest--arts, mysteries, death, politics, history. And Huler's comment made me realize how much is out there at which I've never looked before. Nonfiction, fiction, a blend of the two...It's all around us!
What do you think?