Marilynne Robinson says Trump is a 'blot' on America
Marilynne Robinson is looking for grace in a society that prioritises anything but, however, she thinks what's happening in American culture right now is essential for progress.
"It is important for us to live through disturbances that allow us to understand our situation better," she tells Shad.
Part of these disturbances, she argues, include the rise of Donald Trump, as well as the unprecedented grip that fear now has on American culture.
"There are people that have grounds for fear. There are people that don't know how they will retire, or whether they can educate their children, or whether they can keep their house. But there are lots of people, I think, for whom fear is a hobby," she says.
But Robinson has a way of looking to the good, which she says goes largely ignored in the media and by much of society.
"They've been incredibly indoctrinated with the idea that we never do things that are gracious and fruitful."