I'd rather have people sincerely interested in things, whatever cultural level they live at, than be wannabe tastemakers forever jonesing to expand their reach.
You miss out on less than you think.
Looking at two bits of reading and writing advice from Saul Bellow.
Spoiler: It doesn't exist.
When is it OK to quit reading a "boring" book?
If written fiction's becoming nothing but a prelude to adaptation, what's that mean for written fiction itself?
Young-adult fiction and the classics, once again.
"As long as people are reading something..."
On why hyping yourself always feels like it should be someone else's job -- except when it really isn't.
Hit the books! Harder! Harder, I say!
Why literary fiction often chooses to be fantastic in such a straight-laced way.
"In a few generations, there will be no new ideas, only popular ones."
More on the mistaken idea that a given work of SF/fantasy can "convert" the non-fandom masses.
On long-form work in a short-form culture.
A four-quadrant approach to writing: making it both fun and deep.