Kurt Vonnegut on the Writer's Responsibility

It’s only recently that I’ve come to understand that writers are not marginal to our society, that they, in fact, do all our thinking for us, that we are writing myths and our myths are believed, and that old myths are believed until someone writes a new one.

Love this 1974 interview with Kurt Vonnegut on writers and writing. It's so important to remember that your fiction can make a difference -- it can predict the future like Dick and Bradbury, or it can simply lift a day, across continents. And it can do so instantaneously, with all of the beautiful new technology in our hands, and at our fingertips.

Think of the new myths -- and for you purists, new takes on ancient myths -- that have sprung to life since 1974. Star Wars and The Force, anyone?

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