Bees, Service and Privilege: How I Justify Writing in Dystopia

There are many voices telling writers to stop it, stop it right now. There’s the ego, telling us we’re not good enough. Consumerist culture tells us we’re not producing enough and we’re never going to earn enough to consume enough to be happy. There are publishers telling us that we’re just not what they’re looking for. Our parents worry. The usefulness of our degrees dwindle. We continue to grow in number, increasingly aware of one another’s jostling elbows.

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