A short excerpt from an exchange with my correspondent in Chicago:
Ariel: can literature effect any social change?
i asked my grandfather once.
he might be the wisest man i know. he said,
turgenev, fathers and sons. i kind of saw his point.
but now? is there a point? is there anyone listening?
(besides the FBI i mean, obviously. always listening)
oh im so plaintive. wow.
apparently chat is hard to monitor
thus, the page scandal in washington
can it affect social change?
I think we’re asked to treat writers decoratively in this country
and also to think of them decoratively
and this admits that we’re powerful
sort of like the way women are asked to be decorative
when in fact they are vital to all life.
that’s what I think about it.
Sent at 10:17 PM on Thursday