"…our concept of ‘making it’ is predicated on that ruggedly individual…idea of The Breakout Novelist. It’s a model that isn’t rooted in community, isn’t rooted in humanity, is all about the…trite, unhealthy, viral sense of…explosiveness that usually makes human shells out of people–when it doesn’t all-out kill them. It values your ‘edginess,’ your proximity to whiteness, your ability to toe the line while shaking things up just enough to make things exciting, and make money. It does not value your humanity, your voice, your compassion, or your roots."
Daniel José Older (via thesmithian)