“Why do we cede American letters to a handful of corporations that exist on a single concrete patch? This is too narrow a vision for a great country. We’ll never create a lasting literature this way. Instead, we’ll live for the moment, saturated by media, bound to the flashing desires and finicky values of the zeitgeist. Literature is at its best when it stands apart and above, considering the vastness of time. Yes, capitalism shapes our literature. But we can resist.”
Matthew Neill Null in The Literary Hub.
A few of the commenters on this excellent essay seemed to see West Virginia and only West Virginia. But in my reading, I saw the author's home state as representative of all those places less gleaming, less solvent, less cutting edge than the center of publishing and economics: New York City.