This is Ursula K. Le Guin accepting the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014:
…I see a lot of us, the producers, who write the books and make the books, accepting this, letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant and tell us what to publish and what to write. Books, they’re not just commodities. The profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the “divine right of kings”. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.
Claire Vaye Watkins' "On Pandering" at Tin House:
…I watched the boys, watched to learn. I wanted to write something Cormac McCarthy would like, something Thomas Pynchon would come out of hiding to endorse, something David Foster Wallace would blurb from beyond the grave.
I have been reenacting in my artmaking the undying pastime of my girlhood: watching boys, emulating them, trying to catch the attention of the ones who have no idea I exist.
A Toronto couple cancelled plans for a big, expensive wedding and asked guests at their small city hall ceremony to donate money in lieu of gifts — all to help them raise thousands of dollars to sponsor a family of Syrian refugees.
Lisa Rein's "Never before published photos from Psychedelic Conference II in Santa Barbara, 1983" at Boing Boing:
One of the few major psychedelics conferences during the dark age of the “Just Say No” Reagan regime was the Psychedelics and Spirituality Conference (aka Psychedelic Conference II), held on the campus of UC-Santa Barbara on May 13-14, 1983.
And more Ursula K. Le Guin, because she is amazing:
Jeni Marinucci's "21 Things You Can Totally Wash in a Dishwasher" at YummyMummyClub.ca, because I already had an unnaturally strong love for my dishwasher before this list deepened it:
Some people would choose "vacuum" or "washing machine" as the best modern household invention, but I'm holding firm at "dishwasher." And really, after reading this list, we may want to consider re-naming it the "almost-anything" washer.
Fiona MacDonald's "The tardigrade genome has been sequenced, and it has the most foreign DNA of any animal" at ScienceAlert:
Christopher Jobson's "Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan" at Colossal:
…commercial photographer Kevin Horan decided it was high time for an artistically neglected group of barnyard animals to step into the spotlight: goats and sheep. In 2007, Horan moved from Chicago to Whidbey Island, Washington where he approached a neighbor about photographing one of his sheep. The neighbor agreed and his portrait series Chattel was born.
I'm writing a post a day in November for BlogHer's NaBloPoMo.