Resistance and Change Often Begins in Art

These words of Ursula Le Guin are a personal call to me as I work on completing my fantasy/science fiction. May she inspire you to pick up a good book, or begin writing one, over this Thanksgiving holiday.

JoAnn Chateau

Ursula K. Le Guin, renown fantasy and science fiction author, received the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014. This is what she said about writers, resistance, and freedom.

I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now…. We will need writers who can remember freedom….

Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art…. And I see a lot of us, the producers who write the books, and make the books… letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant….

Books are not just commodities. The profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine…

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One Comment on “Resistance and Change Often Begins in Art

  1. Yes, what powerful words! So powerful, I posted an article about her speech on Twitter. Great to see the outpouring of suppoet she received.

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