03 July 2007

"We measure our works against . . ."

From a letter I just received, quoted here with the writer's permission:

"We are stuck with a western frame of reference, with the notion all things west are desirable, such that even in our schools, we are fed this kind of thinking. Sure, there are nationalist movements and such, but our literature still has a long way to go. We measure our works against America, we long for the American Dream. Our literature will never be 'free' or truly 'ours' until we recognize our own values, our own merits."

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