The IAF Tweets at http://twitter.com/InterstitialArt, where we also follow the <140-character insights of artists, thinkers, museums, galleries etc. We were recently struck by a quote tweeted by rare book dealer, writer, reader & small press publisher H.W. Wessells of Endless Bookshelf :
“Genres in fiction are far from rigid anyway; their usefulness as conventions often depends upon their flexibility. But definitions are rigid, and those who wish to form a definition of a genre should not forget that such a definition is only a temporary and arbitrary means to an end.”– P.B. Gove. The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction. A History of Its Criticism … from 1700 to 1800 (1941)
To me, this could be a comment on the angst we’re having over people’s reading of ‘interstitial fiction’ (as expressed in our anthology, Interfictions 2), as being on the far edge of contemporary f/sf, and not something that transcends genre (see “Is Interfictions 2 “Literary Fantasy?”). After all, even genre definitions move: that “far edge” didn’t even exist 10+ yrs ago when we first decided the world needed an Interstitial Arts Movement. So where are we now?