If Frank Moretti had his way, we'd be studying literature without reading. How the hell is that possible? Critics would stop writing about the same old, same old writings by dead white guys and start counting. That's right--study it the way statisticians do the population and everything else--literature by the numbers.
Of course they had to ask Harold Bloom, the guy who wrote an Elegy for the Canon among other stuff, what he thought of the suggestion. It could only be pronounced "absurd." Mr Bloom is interested in reading. "That's all I'm interested in."
On the other hand, more and more teens writing. It's like an online My so-called Blog.
Both articles from the New York Times.