A friend sent me this link to an article by Philip Pullman called Voluntary Service, which examines the age-old argument concerning the effect that art has on society, and what purpose it actually serves. Does it change the world? Is it mere entertainment?
Along the way, though, Pullman numbers a list of responsibilities any writer has, to him/herself, society, his/heraudience, and, ultimately, the story. It’s one of the best articles on writing that I’ve ever had the fortune to read.