Friday, November 21, 2014

Le Guin NBF speech

Ursula Le Guin was just awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Her acceptance speech is short and sweet and tackles the issue of art vs. capitalism.
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.
Read the full transcript over at or watch her acceptance speech online.

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