Nov/Dec 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 6 Nonfiction |

Writers, Readers, and Activists

1 Brother-in-arms and fellow novelist Tony Birch nearly gave up writing fiction to concentrate on “activism” in the cause of climate change. He didn’t want his children saying after his death, “(Dad) might have worked his arse off writing fiction but he did fuck all for the planet” (Romei). I share Tony’s concern and am relieved to report he is still writing. 2 Some say writing — literature — is very important because of the great and good effect it has on people. A municipality in New Mexico, for example, issued a list of recommended reading to its police force. The list included Gabriel García Márquez, Agatha Christie, Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, and Edgar Allan Poe. The 2006 chief of police listed the ways his officers would benefit from reading quality literature: First, by allowing them to acquire a wider vocabulary. “A policeman is responsible for communicating fluently. He must be able to speak well, even with delinquents. As his use of langua

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