I’m sitting in McDonald’s listing to people on CNN talk about a trade war with China. It seems like a big deal, but it’s not, really. The truly important changes are not the ones discussed on TV by beautiful people with shiny skin and glasses. They are, rather, the ones that seem inconsequential and take place over a long period of time. These are the changes that poets and novelists see (or should see), which is why writers are important (and not just today—that’s another news-cycle lie: that we need writers more today than before—but always).
Micah Mattix, Prufrock 7/6/18