Daily Archives: 6 April 2007

The difference between journalism & literature

Upton Sinclair in Money Writes!, published by T. Werner Laurie, 1931:

“What, exactly, is the difference between literature and journalism. The maker of literature strives to say a thing once and for all time; while the journalist says it over and over, with slight variations, every day or week or month.”And since ninety-nine per cent of the money paid out for written words is paid for journalism, it follows that ninety-nine per cent of the writers must be journalists, no matter what capacity they may have to produce literature.”

Sinclair is best known for his landmark book that exposed the state of the meat processing industry, The Jungle.