[...] writing fiction is, in a number of ways, essentially private - it's a private activity. If we want to live in a world that's rich in idiosyncratic faces and idiosyncratic personalities and idiosyncratic art, rather than a world of infinitesimal and trivial variation, we must be particularly vigilant, at this moment, not only as writers, but as readers, too, about protecting the areas of mind in which our imaginations and true organs of communication live; we need to draw on all the fortitude with which our natural predisposition for, or at least entitlement to, perversity endows us, in order to defray forceful assaults on the mind in the forms of what in all frankness have to be called coercive snooping and propaganda.
FICTION VERSUS CONSENSUS Deborah Eisenberg Michigan Quarterly Review; Summer 2009; 48, 3; Docstoc pg. 386
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