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Do You Find Hope In The Books You Read?

So many folks read to escape…

Finding Hope In Books

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I don’t blame them…

We live in a world lost in materialism—a world swamped with greed—a world going mad.

Far too many writers try to copy what’s going on instead of engendering what could be.

Nearly four years ago, I wrote a bit about this difference in writers’ purposes—What’s The Writer’s Job? ~ Recording Or Creating?

The New Yorker has a recent article about the National Book Awards but especially about Ursula K. Le Guin‘s acceptance of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

For those of you who don’t take link-outs from blogs, I’ll quote some particularly pertinent remarks she made:

“I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies, to other ways of being. And even imagine some real grounds for hope.

“We will need writers who can remember freedom: poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality.

“Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. The profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art.

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable; so did the divine right of kings. … Power can be resisted and changed by human beings; resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art—the art of words.”

And, whether you take the link to that article or not but you want to understand more deeply those words of Le Guin, here’s a video of her speech:

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7 responses to “Do You Find Hope In The Books You Read?

  1. Nicole November 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Bless her, this lady, Ursula. (“Thank you, brave applauders.” haha)

    Alex, you’re probably a perfect example of someone who writes what could be instead of only focusing on what is. I admire that. NFAA was, wasn’t it?

    Awesome post again. :)

    Happy Monday. ^_^

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  2. philipparees November 25, 2014 at 5:02 am

    ‘A Woman of Letters’ seems to describe this marvelous take on the world of writing and what’s it is for!


  3. D.G.Kaye November 25, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Excellent post! It seems that writers are usually most recognized for their wisdoms, decades after their work becomes well recognized and then are realized as profound. We the past of the future, or the future of the past? :)


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