The artist’s responsibility

Interview with George Saunders

What is the intersection between your duty as a citizen and as a novelist?

As an artist, you have to have no responsibilities. Art has to radically have the right to be useless, and that way it discovers its true use. I don’t do a lot of thinking about these different roles. It’s just trusting that whatever you’ve got in your thought cloud is going to find its way in organically.

(from here)

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