“Writers who can Remember 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, 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.”

-Ursula K. Le Guin

Isn’t this why we read? To have a glimpse of hope of another way to live, to be, to exist? Hope for freedom…How many children live in the dream world of books and stories and poetry? We read the gifts of writers who peel back the layers of their own soul and splay it on the page. Writing from a space, layers deep, another level that lives among the basic truths that touch us all.

“The profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. It’s 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 the art of words.”

-Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014. She wrote the poem “The Elders at the Falls,” in addition to 21 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, 3 collections of essays, 12 books for children, and six volumes of poetry.

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