A VETERAN Thomasian writer said literature will survive in the next century through new forms that the youth has introduced in social media.
“It will survive in different forms, not just the forms we know now. Those forms are evolving through the Internet,” said Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo during the launching of her newest creative nonfiction book last Jan. 27.
Hidalgo’s book, titled “The Thing with Feathers: My Book of Memories,” published by the UST Publishing House, was launched by the Philippine Center of the International PEN (Poets and Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) at the Solidaridad Bookstore.
The book, a collection of memoirs about Hidalgo’s writing life, has some pieces originally published as Facebook notes.
Hidalgo, director of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, admonished young readers who are into short writing forms online due to their “shorter attention span.”
“I understand why it is like that. The pace of life is very different from you [compared] to us. [W]ith your gadgets, katatapos lang ng isang crisis dito, tapos may bago na naman doon,” she added.
Hidalgo, a former Varsitarian editor in chief, is a Carlos Palanca Memorial Award recipient for the short story, the essay and the novel.