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Video Saturday: Ursula K. Le Guin and how “We will need writers who remember freedom”

Via BillMoyers.com: “In accepting the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at this year’s National Book Awards, eminent sci-fi writer Ursula Le Guin made a knock-out speech about the power of capitalism, literature and imagination that, as she put it afterwards, “went sort-of viral on YouTube.””

From Le Guin –

…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. …

Books, you know, they’re not just commodities. The profit motive often is in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human 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.

I have had a long career and a good one. In good company. Now here, at the end of it, I really don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river. We who live by writing and publishing want — and should demand — our fair share of the proceeds. But the name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Its name is freedom.

You can watch the video or read the full transcript here: http://parkerhiggins.net/2014/11/will-need-writers-can-remember-freedom-ursula-k-le-guin-national-book-awards/

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National Book Awards That You Don’t Know About

So, last week I talked about the National Book Awards that are coming up in the next few days.  Below are a few of the book awards you may NOT have heard of.  Grant Snider has put together some great comedy in this comic that I think touches on some of the “real” in writing.

National Book Awards Consolation Prizes

This comic is also seen in print the 11/4/12  NY Times Book Review!

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