"We cannot become the oligarchy of the Soviet Union that sanctioned the 1952 Night of the Murdered Poets. 13 'defendants' were tried, found guilty, and executed for attempting to 'topple, undermine, or weaken the Soviet Union.' Counted among them were several Jewish literary poets and writers who were simply calling for appropriate recognition as an important minority group. News of their fates was not shared with the media or their family members for months.
"We cannot withdraw our individual voices, as I very nearly did today out of fear that simply being on a list of resistant voices might eventually lead to problems for me. We have to stay together for the promotion of art and the legality of people on every side to use whatever language they deem necessary in that art, for whatever purpose it is intended."
Read the full piece here: The Big Smoke America