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“We will need writers who can remember freedom”: Ursula K Le Guin at the National Book Awards | parker higgins dot net

Ursula K. Le Guin

Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximize corporate profit and advertising revenue is not quite the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship. (Thank you, brave applauders.)

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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.

– Ursula K. Le Guin

“We will need writers who can remember freedom”: Ursula K Le Guin at the National Book Awards | parker higgins dot net.

The Creepy New Wave of the Internet by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books

Penelope Umbrico/Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles

 

A detail of Penelope Umbrico’s Sunset Portraits from 11,827,282 Flickr Sunsets on 1/7/13, 2013. For the project, Umbrico searched the website Flickr for scenes of sunsets in which the sun, not the subject, predominated. The installation, consisting of two thousand 4 x 6 C-prints, explores the idea that ‘the individual assertion of “being here” is ultimately read as a lack of individuality when faced with so many assertions that are more or less all the same.’ A collection of her work, Penelope Umbrico (photographs), was published in 2011 by Aperture.

The Creepy New Wave of the Internet by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books.

Felix Bernstein: Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Dinner at Goldsmith’s | Lemon Hound

Felix Bernstein: Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Dinner at Goldsmith’s | Lemon Hound.