One of the things art and humanities do at a big university is to make us all alertly observant. Art does have the power to make us newly aware of things that we thought we already knew.
“…I am also a little tired of offering reassurance. Because I don’t want to reassure people so that they go home feeling vaguely optimistic. What I want is for more people to recognize the urgency of the present moment and become involved in climate activism in their local communities.”
The bottom line is that this is a threat to democracy. It is a threat to the values of equality and diversity that many of us believe in strongly.
I think our only recourse it to acknowledge that everyone’s grief is their own, immeasurable.
I want to give readers room to be imaginative within the space of my stories. We’re cocreating a story together as writer and reader.