Awesome post at Ploughshares by A.J. Kandathil about the power of setting and place in fiction. The useful paragon? Pawnee, Indiana, from one of the few TV shows I try to keep up with, Parks and Recreation:
There’s a difference, I tell my students, between thoughtfully omitting “place” for the sake of the story line and simply ignoring it. Do you know how many television shows are filmed without any kind of setting? Zero. Yes, literature is a separate medium from television. No, we can’t include everything that a television set designer might. But we also can’t deny the power an evocative setting possesses to swiftly transport a reader into an imagined or remembered world.