Celebrated writer Ursula Le Guin died this week in Portland, Oregon. In 2014, accepting the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Le Guin said:
“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….
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.”