The Guardian begins with comments on the watermelon comment at the NBA and takes flight from there.
The incident opens a new window onto a never-adequately-addressed issue at the heart of the US publishing industry: are American publishers as insular, clubby, and tone deaf as it often appears? Why does a truly inclusive and diverse publishing program, and a genuine appreciation of it, still elude us?
Inclusiveness need not be about filling quotas or celebrating worthy exceptions, but of returning to our core values, time-tested and forged by our strengths. Such publishing requires a certain fearlessness, rigorous instincts and political courage.
"I rejoice in accepting [this prize] for, and sharing it with, all the writers who were excluded from literature for so long: my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction," Le Guin said.
She reserved her most incendiary language for the recently resolved pricing dispute between Amazon and the publisher Hachette Book Group.
"We just saw a profiteer try to punish a publisher for disobedience, and writers threatened by corporate fatwa," she said. "And I see a lot of us, the producers, accepting this — letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant!"