The Spirit of Complexity

You have only to glance at American or European political weeklies, of the left or the right: they all have the same view of life, reflected in the same ordering of the table of contents, under the same headings, in the same journalistic phrasing, the same vocabulary, and the same style, in the same artistic taste, and in the same ranking of things they deem important or insignificant. This common spirit of the mass media, camouflaged by political diversity, is the spirit of our time. And this spirit seems to me contrary to the spirit of the novel ... the novel's spirit is the spirit of complexity. Every novel says to the reader: "Things are not as simple as you think."

- Milan Kundera, The Art of the Novel