The Difference Between Novelists and Government Bureaucrats

Novelists, Margaret Atwood said, spend their time imagining some nonexistent people are real. Bureaucrats, she said, do the reverse: As they construct rules and procedures to make normal life impossible, they pass their days imagining that real people don’t exist.

—From a review, by Andrew Stark, of the book Out of Our Minds, by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto.

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