A Short Passage for the Anti-Pragmatic

From A Road More or Less Traveled, which is not really a book about art, as far as I can tell, but this little snippet was too good to keep all for myself:

"Yes, movers and shakers are the pillars of the American city. The writer, the painter, the thinker is the paraplegic sister that must be clothed and fed and kept in back because she cannot care for herself. There has never been much room for her in our society, yet she is not properly suited for any other function. Sarah and her friends were born to seek out beauty but were bred to sell mutual funds and vend cell phones. The tension made them want to scream. Nobody wanted their art unless in could sell cosmetics or titillate armchair quarterbacks. Nobody would believe them is they said anything good."