Private: Contemporary literature = gossip

What passes for literature these days is “mere profane gossip,” according to Alex Kuczynski:

The rumour mill has fuelled fiction from Euripides to Sex and the City. But in the past two years, the publishing industry has embraced a genre that might be described as “gossip lit”, turning out a flotilla of best-selling novels that rely less on the craft of literature than on the recycling of rumour and on their authors’ well-positioned perches.