I would rather have as my patron a host of anonymous citizens digging into their own pockets for the price of a book or a magazine than a small body of enlightened and responsible men administering public funds. I would rather chance my personal vision of truth striking home here and there in the chaos of publication that exists than attempt to filter it through a few sets of official, honorably public-spirited scruples.
John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. Testimony, January 30, 1978, given before the Subcommittee on Select Education of the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, Boston, Massachusetts. Published in Hugging the Shore (1983).