Do writers have a collective purpose?

Individuality of purpose makes for friction that is very much alive.

While the notion of the public intellectual has fallen out of fashion, do you believe writers have a collective purpose?

I don’t. There are too many opinions, aesthetics, influences, belief systems to ever think there is a collective purpose. We are each placed here to carry out something quite distinctive, quite separate. That individuality of purpose makes for friction that is very much alive.

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