on parasitism and direct action

"Reading a book can help someone decide to take action but it is not the same thing as taking action. Writing a book is not the same as taking action. The responsibility of every writer is to take their place in the vibrant, creative activist movements along with everybody else. The image created by the male intellectual model of an enlightened elite who claims that their artwork is their political work is parasitic and useless for us."

- Sarah Schulman on the responsibility of the writer.