Ursula K. LeGuin Accepted Lifetime Achievement Award Speech
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[Ursula K. LeGuin Accepted Lifetime Achievement Award Speech]
[Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (born October 21, 1929) :] Source: LYBIO.net
Oh lord, how’s that? Is that okay? I seem to be a little shorter than most of these people.
Thank you Neil, and to the givers of this beautiful reward, my thanks from the heart. My family, my agent, editors, know that my being here is their doing as well as mine, and that the beautiful reward is theirs as much as mine. And I rejoice at accepting it for, and sharing it with, all the writers who were excluded from literature for so long, my fellow authors of Fantasy and Science Fiction — writers of the imagination, who for the last 50 years watched the beautiful rewards go to the so – called realists.
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.
Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art.
Developing – 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.
Yet, I see sales departments given control over editorial; I see my own publishers in a silly panic of ignorance and greed, charging public libraries for an ebook six or seven times more than they charge customers.
We just saw a profiteer try to punish a publisher for disobedience and writers threatened by corporate fatwa, and I see a lot of us, the producers who write the books, and make the books, accepting this. Letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant, and tell us what to publish and what to write.
[We love you.]
Well, I love you too, darling.
[Ursula K. LeGuin:] Source: LYBIO.net
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.
I have had a long career and a good one. In good company. Now here, at the end of it, I really don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river. [Applause] We who live by writing and publishing want and should demand our fair share of the proceeds. But the name of our beautiful reward is not profit. It’s name is freedom.
[Host:] Source: LYBIO.net
She did not rise out of the earth like an unearthly Utopian phoenix, she just walked up to the podium like it was nothing, unbelievable, I decided a couple of weeks ago that I would uh…go to my bookshelf and re-read a little Ursula Le Guin to come up with something witty to say and then the whole day slipped away for me and I re-read The Lathe of Heaven for the twentieth time – Ursula Le Guin! That’s all I have to say.
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