The writer Ha Jin responds to Deborah Solomon's questions in the NY Times Magazine:

Does a pen have power? I imagine that few people believe the pen is mightier than the sword.

That is a foolish saying. A sword is definitely mightier than a pen. A sword destroys. A pen is not a weapon. Writing is the opposite of fighting. It is a nurturing force.

...Why do you think novelists have so little political influence in this country?

Perhaps because most of them teach. In Europe, creative writing is rarely taught. But here, novelists are spread out at universities across the country. They don't meet one another.
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