“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings,” Ursula K. LeGuin said in her NBA speech last night. She was receiving the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Her speech has already been crystalized as the best part of the night, a moment that NPR declared “stole the show.”
“We need writers who know the difference between the production of a commodity and the practice of an art,” she says, making writing seem like a glorious, glorious thing. She also called Amazon’s campaign against Hachette authors a “corporate fatwa” and received resounding applause. Watch more of her thoughts on being a previously-excluded genre writer and smashing capitalism in the video below.