The most useful thing about art is its uselessness…My point is that there’s a place–an important place, as a matter of fact–in our all too pragmatic world for the impractical and the non-essential, and that art occupies that place more gloriously than does just about anything else: occupies it with such authority and with such inspirational if quixotic results that we find ourselves in the contradictory position of having to concede that the non-essential can be very essential, indeed, if for no other reason than that an environment reduced to essentials is a subhuman environment in which only drones will thrive.”

TOM ROBBINS, excerpted from “What Is Art and If We Know What Art Is, What Is Politics?” found in Wild Ducks Flying Backward: Short Writings of Tom Robbins (Bantam, 2005)

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