When politicians and politically minded people pay too much attention to literature, it is a bad sign—a bad sign mostly for literature.... But it is also a bad sign when they don't want to hear the word mentioned.
Italo Calvino (1923–1985), Italian author, critic. Lecture, February 1976, delivered at Amherst College, Massachusetts. "Right and Wrong Political Uses of Literature," published in The Literature Machine (1987).