In the age of Trump, artists risk losing their way

During the Bosnian War, American author Susan Sontag travelled to Sarajevo to direct a production of Waiting for Godot.

“I was not under the illusion that going to Sarajevo to direct a play would make me useful in the way I could be if I were a doctor or a water systems engineer,” Sontag later wrote in The New York Review of Books.

But she hoped that her production, rehearsed by candlelight and performed to the background sounds of guns firing, would at least help people in that city under siege somehow make sense of the world crumbling around them.