Monday, August 23, 2010

It is yours

From the indispensable Laudator, this quote from Guy Davenport, "What Are Revolutions?" in The Hunter Gracchus and Other Papers on Literature and Art
Because I have no rational revolution to offer you, I suggest, for the fun of it, that you try the Erewhonian. Take back your body from its possession by the automobile; take back your imagination from the TV set; take back your wealth from Congress's bottomless pit and maniac spending; take back your skills as homemakers from the manufacturers; take back your minds from the arguments from necessity and the merchants of fear and prejudice. Take back peace from perpetual war. Take back your lives; they are yours.
I bought Davenport's book a few years ago on the recommendation of Patrick Kurp.