"Yes, in 1986 it still felt natural for writers to claim to be, as Shelley said, "the unacknowledged legislators of the world," to believe in the literary art as the proper counterweight to power, and to see literature as a lofty, transnational, transcultural force that could, in Bellow's great formulation, 'open the universe a little bit more.'" Salman Rushdie, Joseph Anton

Couldn't help myself but share this with you Tim! :)
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