“There is plenty of historical precedent for great art being made during times of duress; one can argue that that is precisely when artists are most needed, and most profound.
“And there is no reason that these coming years cannot be a time in which writers, and all artists, create meaningful works, works that celebrate the true wealth of the world in all its diversity of peoples and cultures and experiences, works that question and provoke.
“As James Baldwin put it, ‘Artists are here to disturb the peace.’
“Who is up to the challenge?”
-John McMurtrie – Farewell to the reader in chief –San Francisco Chronicle – 12/21/16