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I think we're living in this mass fetishization of creativity.
When the winners of our age takeover social change and the entrepreneurial class becomes in charge of it, they show up on crime scenes with the engineer mentality and they try to strip away blame and the very idea of justice from the improvement of our society.
There are two kinds of social problems — engine problems and crime scene problems.
Rich and powerful people in our time really do want to help, but they have certain requirements for how they want to feel in their helping. They want to feel consulted, useful, and not blamed.
My whole book [Winners Take All] is about rich people trying to change the world while making sure their world doesn't change.
In extraordinary inequality, you end up with this dual psychology of 'I want to help' and 'I can't afford to not remain at the top of this heap.
In New York, it is punishing to be in the middle.
We live in a time of extraordinary inequality. Extreme inequality creates a dual psychology.
In writing, if you are telling people things that they already know, that's not good. If you are telling people things they've never though of before or have no relation to their reality, that's also not good. Ideally, you want to tell people things that they've vaguely sensed and you want to elevate that to a level of being out there.
How do we absolutely defend the values of equality, pluralism, and openness while seeking to be a movement of persuasion rather than self-satisfaction?
I don't think the 'woke' are going to be very safe if we just circle the wagons of the woke.
Is there space among the woke for the still waking?
There are millions of people who are still undecided on whether they're down with the new America or not.
An America that is open, plural, gender equal, tolerant, and brings the whole world in — that's the mega force.
I'm still in many rooms that are old and problematic, but I'm also in a lot of room that are radically new.
We can't afford to lose sight of the extraordinary thing we're trying to do and the way in which we're actually doing it.
We have to be mindful of the bigger arc of history.
America is on track to basically become a subset of humanity.
We, [America], are actually trying to do something incredibly hard right now on a 50 to 100 year scale — which is to become a country without a majority.
How do we build an America in which being a little darker is not a presumption of guilt of foreignness, but in which we're also not joyless and unable to deal with [...] recognizing each other's differences?
Those of us who are from more than one place can sometimes be defensive in a way that's uncharitable and misses opportunities.
I hope we can be proud of what we're up to, regardless of the footprint that we make. The joy from our work can come from the reasons of why we love doing it, and not from who's affirming us externally. I hope that you have a word, like the word 'surreal' for me that keeps you in check.
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Kateřina Neuvirt Vaňková & Lenka Širůčková
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Don’t worry about the believability of your stories. The reader will believe everything you want them to. The only thing you have to make sure is that you create a character with which the reader can empathise. They have to see and recognise something of themselves in the characters.