Tristan Foster, who is a writer from Sydney, starts off by saying ''I need to apologize – this is another piece on the death of the novel'': Tristan Foster on our obsession with Literature. He writes:
''I think that the notion of a literary work ethic is extremely important, especially today when practically anybody can write, produce, and distribute his or her own work. This work ethic presupposes knowledge and a deep respect toward – and compassion for – your ancestors and contemporaries, toward your trade. It also assumes a deep awareness of what one is doing, why one is doing what one is doing, what the sense of the work is, what it brings to the cultural context, what it brings to the reader, and so on.''