Should Writers Avoid Sentimentality?
“Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. Roland Barthes said, “It is no longer the sexual which is indecent, it is the sentimental.” This week, Zoë Heller and Leslie Jamison debate whether sentimentailty is a cardinal sin for writers.”
My creative writing teachers always said sentimentality was a cheap way of going after emotions. Did you hear this, too?