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“Books are not just commodites”

November 28, 2014 | by

Happy Friday,

Ursula LeGuin was recently awarded the Medal for

Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at

the National Book Awards.

Part of her speech really struck home:

“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 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.”

The art of words indeed.

Have a great weekend,


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