Aaron Lake Smith:
The Soviet Union, it must be remembered, was a regime founded by freelance writers and editors. In other words, a nightmare.
Nice. And there’s more:
Pamphleteers, autodidactic theoreticians, critics, publishers of small journals, hot-take artists, takedown artists, and failed poets who’d reinvented themselves as labor organizers—fractious and at constant war with one another, literary people through and through.