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Duke University acquires the archives of Charles N Brown, founder of Locus Magazine

Charlie ("Charles N") Brown was the force behind Locus Magazine (previously) until his death in 2009; he hired me to be a columnist for the magazine in 2006 and I've been writing for them ever since. Charlie was such a prolific collector you could be forgiven for calling him a hoarder (the distinction is always hard to make!) and his archive contained some of the great rarities of science fiction. That collection is now in the hands of Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manu...
Tags: Post, Science Fiction, News, Fanac, David, Libraries, Scholarship, Ursula K Le Guin, Archives, Glam, Duke, Charlie, Duke University, Locus Magazine, Octavia E Butler, Stfnal


Shorties (An Interview with Ma Jian, New Music from Japanese Breakfast, and more)

TIME interviewed author Ma Jian. Stream a new song by Japanese Breakfast. April's best eBook deals. eBooks on sale for $1.99 today: Late in the Day: Poems 2010-2014 by Ursula K. Le Guin The Quiet American by Graham Greene What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes eBook on sale for $2.99 today: Johnny Hiro by Fred Chao NPR Music is streaming the new Tacocat album, This Mess Is a Place. BuzzFeed recommended books that will change the way you see the world. Paste profiled...
Tags: Music, David, Brooklyn, South Africa, Ursula K Le Guin, Graham Greene, Boston Globe, Kevin Morby, Sharon Van Etten, Atomic Books Comics Preview, NPR Music, John Darnielle, John Lanchester, Sinead O Connor, Gary Snyder, Justin Townes Earle


The Daily Rituals of 143 Famous Female Creators: Octavia Butler, Edith Wharton, Coco Chanel & More

Certain kinds of content have flowered on the internet that we can't seem to get enough of, and if you frequent Open Culture, you may well have a weakness for one kind in particular: the daily schedules of notable creators. When we know and respect someone's work, we can't help but wonder how they spend their finite time on this Earth in such a way that allows them to create that work in the first place. Mason Currey, creator of the blog Daily Rituals, knows this well: not only did all his post...
Tags: Google, College, Earth, Creativity, Ursula K Le Guin, Alice Walker, Seoul, Maya Angelou, Zadie Smith, Facebook Twitter, Mount, Ritz, Coco Chanel, Wharton, Edith Wharton, Agnes Varda


Daily Rituals: Women at Work: A New Book Highlights the Routines of Famous Female Creators Like Octavia Butler, Edith Wharton, Coco Chanel & 140 Others

Certain kinds of content have flowered on the internet that we can't seem to get enough of, and if you frequent Open Culture, you may well have a weakness for one kind in particular: the daily schedules of notable creators. When we know and respect someone's work, we can't help but wonder how they spend their finite time on this Earth in such a way that allows them to create that work in the first place. Mason Currey, creator of the blog Daily Rituals, knows this well: not only did all his post...
Tags: Google, College, Earth, Creativity, Ursula K Le Guin, Alice Walker, Seoul, Maya Angelou, Zadie Smith, Facebook Twitter, Mount, Ritz, Coco Chanel, Wharton, Edith Wharton, Agnes Varda


Forma Cover tips and tricks

Hey everyone. My Forma is in the shop for a backlight repair, but before I sent it in, I noticed that the sleep cover didn't stay closed very well, and the reader was often low on battery unexpectedly. I started using my "spare" Aura H2O without the cover to see if it would be manageable to use the Forma that way once I get it back. This made me notice the cover art wasn't the same aspect ratio the screen of the reader, and I got a little obsessed... First, I decided to find interesting cover a...
Tags: Books, Kobo Reader, Ursula K Le Guin, Forma, My Forma


Science fiction author Gene Wolfe has died

Gene Wolfe, author of “The Book of the New Sun” and other acclaimed works of science fiction and fantasy, died Sunday at the age of 87. According to Locus, his death came after a long struggle with heart disease. While Wolfe was never quite as famous as some of his peers, his writing was loved intensely by his fans. Ursula Le Guin, for example, called him “our Melville,” while Michael Swanwick described him as “the greatest writer in the English language alive today.” That level of praise (and c...
Tags: TC, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Ursula K Le Guin, James Joyce, Melville, Ursula Le Guin, Wolfe, Earthsea, Ulysses, Michael Swanwick, Gene Wolfe, New Sun, Nessus, Death Island


2019 Hugo Award finalists announced

The 2019 Hugo Award nominees have been announced; the Hugos will be presented this summer at the 2019 World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland. Normally, I find that I've read and reviewed a huge slice of the year's finalists, but this year is different; I've done a lot less reading lately, partly because I wrote two books in 2018 and partly because the new EU Copyright Directive ate my life for about 10 months in the past year. I was a little sad to be so far behind the curve w...
Tags: Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Movies, News, Fantasy, Eu, Bbc, Ireland, Malorie Blackman, Phil Lord, Dublin, Ursula K Le Guin, Road, Ryan Coogler


Shorties (Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness at 50, A Profie of Helado Negro's Roberto Carlos Lange, and more)

The Paris Review reconsidered Ursula K. Le Guin's novel The Left Hand of Darkness on the 50th anniversary of its publication. Billboard profiled Helado Negro's Roberto Carlos Lange. March's best eBook deals. NPR Music shared a history of Woody Guthrie's song, "This Land Is Your Land." Stream a new Baroness song. The Boston Globe interviewed cartoonist Bill Griffith. Stream a new song by the Head and the Heart. The Rumpus interviewed author Josh Denslow. NYCTaper shared...
Tags: Music, Woody Guthrie, David, New York Times, Alicia Keys, Ursula K Le Guin, Baroness, Ryley Walker, Boston Globe, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Paris Review, NPR Music, Laura van den Berg, Roberto Carlos Lange, Helado Negro, Bill Griffith


5 Writing Habits of Famous Authors — And How You Can Adopt Them by Savannah Cordova

Image by voltamax on Pixabay Who wouldn’t want to become a famous bestselling author? If you’re reading this post right now, it’s probably safe to say that it’s one of your dreams. However, an amazing book doesn’t just happen overnight. You need to put in the work to make it happen — and that means building writing habits that will lead you to success. Here are five writing habits of famous authors, as well as actionable tips on how you can adopt them for yourself.1. Stephen King — write ...
Tags: Google, Japan, Religion, Stephen King, Muriel Spark, Ursula K Le Guin, Zadie Smith, Savannah, Ursula Le Guin, Le Guin, Greer, Franz Kafka, Reedsy, Andrew Sean Greer, Nicole Pyles, Savannah Cordova


How to read fiction to build a startup

“The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, a human eye, and a human mind. It is not one of a kind, and it is not ephemeral. It lasts. It is reliable. If a book told you something when you were 15, it will tell it to you aga...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Books, Youtube, Fiction, Book Review, Tech, Beijing, Bill Gates, Brad Feld, Silicon Valley, South Pacific, Susan Wojcicki, Jeff Bezos


Hear Neil Gaiman Read Aloud 15 of His Own Works, and Works by 6 Other Great Writers: From The Graveyard Book & Coraline, to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven & Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Neil Gaiman is a storyteller. That title encompasses quite a few pursuits, most of which seemingly involve writing — writing novels, writing radio dramas, writing comic books — but he also occasionally tells stories the old-fashioned way: speaking aloud, and to an audience of rapt listeners. Traditionally, such storytelling happened in a circle around the campfire, but as a storyteller of the 21st century — albeit a master of timeless techniques who uses those techniques to deal with tim...
Tags: Google, College, Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, Literature, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Ursula K Le Guin, Seoul, Leonard Cohen, Carol, Dickens, Facebook Twitter, Seuss, Gaiman


Neil Gaiman Reads His Manifesto on Making Art: Features the 10 Things He Wish He Knew As a Young Artist

I think you're absolutely allowed several minutes, possibly even half a day to feel very, very sorry for yourself indeed. And then just start making art. - Neil Gaiman It’s a bit early in the year for commencement speeches, but fortunately for lifelong learners who rely on a steady drip of inspiration and encouragement, author Neil Gaiman excels at putting old wine in new bottles. He repurposed his keynote address to Philadelphia's University of the Arts’ Class of 2012 for Art Matter...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Life, New York City, Neil Gaiman, Literature, Philadelphia, Hackney, Ursula K Le Guin, Alice, East London, Waterstones, Facebook Twitter, Chris Riddell


Why Ursula K. Le Guin Made Up Her Own World(s)

In her 2017 essay collection, No Time to Spare, she argues that fantasy has a subversive streak, because it doesn’t take the current reality for granted. “Fantasy not only asks ‘What if things didn’t go on just as they do?’ but demonstrates what they might be like if they went otherwise,” she writes. – Humanities
Tags: Art, Words, Ursula K Le Guin, Winter 2019


February's Best eBook Deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month: Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain Drowned City by Don Brown Forever Paris: 25 Walks in the Footsteps of Chanel, Hemingway, Picasso, and More by Christina Henry de Tessan Georgia O'Keefe by Roxana Robinson Hooked on Hollywood by Leonard Maltin The Hunters by James Salter I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can by Barbara Gordon The Lovers by Vendela Vida The Man Ca...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, David, Paris, Bank, Carly Simon, Ursula K Le Guin, Jim Crow, Vendela Vida, Stalin, Christopher Hitchens, Jorge Luis Borges, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Don Brown, Leonard Maltin, Michael Eric Dyson


Women weren't excluded from early science fiction: they were erased

Science fiction scholar Lisa Yaszek's recent book The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin, is a secret history of women in science fiction, reframing the story of exclusion ("women weren't welcome in early sf writing circles") as one of erasure ("women made vital contributions to early science fiction, and these were systematically expunged from the record when the first wave of historical sf anthologies were published, as part ...
Tags: Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Gender, News, Podcasts, Toronto, Ursula K Le Guin, Mp3s, Spoken word, Campbell, Merril, The Future Is Female, Lisa Yaszek, Pulp Pioneers


Ursula K. Le Guin’s Daily Routine: The Discipline That Fueled Her Imagination

Image by Gorthian, via Wikimedia Commons "Some of us are Norman Mailer," said Ursula K. LeGuin in a 1976 interview with science-fiction fanzine Luna Monthly, "but others of us are middle-aged Portland housewives." And though Le Guin may have thought of herself as one of the latter, "middle-aged Portland housewife" is hardly the way the rest of us would describe her. Over a nearly 60-year-long career, Le Guin produced an enormous body of literary work, including but not limited to the six books ...
Tags: Google, Writing, College, Portland, Sci Fi, Gustave Flaubert, Ursula K Le Guin, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Ursula Le Guin, Le Guin, Norman Mailer, Flaubert, Michael J Seidlinger, Colin Marshall


Hear Neil Gaiman Read a Beautiful, Profound Poem by Ursula K. Le Guin to His Cousin on Her 100th Birthday

It’s quite profound, isn’t it? - Helen Fagin, aged 100 Every time I open my laptop to discover a friend posting a vintage photo of their parent as a beaming bride or saucy sailor boy in lush black and white or gold-tinged Kodachrome, I know the deal. Another elder has left the building. With luck, I’ll have at least two or three decades before my kids start sniffing around in my shoe boxes of old snapshots. In the meantime, I’ll wonder how much of the emotion that’s packed into those memoria...
Tags: Google, College, Life, New York City, Poetry, Neil Gaiman, Palmer, Literature, Amanda Palmer, Ursula K Le Guin, Helen, Facebook Twitter, Gaiman, Popova, Helen Fagin, Palmer Helen


Ursula K. Le Guin: Old Soul, New Worlds

None "Hard times are coming," author Ursula K. Le Guin said in her fiery 2014 speech accepting the National Book Foundation award. Her tone was somehow somber, yet also chipper, as though she had already acknowledged the worst and now was girding for battle. She was fixing her bayonet in bright spirits and about to go over the top. She went on about what will be needed in the years to come: … we'll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our...
Tags: Music, Review, Documentary, California, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Manhattan, Harry Potter, Portland Oregon, Ursula k. le guin, Curry, Le Guin, Gaiman, Arwen Curry, Alfred Kroeber, Kropotkin


My Favorite Reads of 2018

If you read about my literary journey in 2017, you might not expect that this year could top it, but 2018 was a great year of reads for me. The number of books I read is my second all-time high score with a whopping 95 books. (The highest number of books I read was 101 books and that was well over 25 years ago.) It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. ― Oscar WildeClick To Tweet This was my 7th year completing the GoodReads Rea...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Books, Japan, Usa, England, New York, London, Minnesota, Greece, Molly, Russia, US, Earth, Best, Features


best finds of 2018

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Here are the best finds of 2018. Wise Words “Susan Sontag was asked what she had learned from the Holocaust, and she said that 10% of any population is cruel, no matter what, and that 10% is merciful, no matter what, and that the remaining 80% could be moved in either direction” —Kurt Vonnegut, via @holdengraber “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that s...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, UK, Berlin, United States, Charles Darwin, Westminster, Jeff Bezos, Ursula K Le Guin, Donald Trump, Terry Pratchett, eLearning, Darwin, Kurt Vonnegut, Bezos, Susan Sontag


A tribute to artists we lost in 2018, in their own words

Author Ursula K. Le Guin: “Don’t shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.”
Tags: News, Entertainment, Ursula K Le Guin


Artists We Lost In 2018, In Their Own Words

“Some people like to paint trees. I like to paint love.” (Robert Indiana)“It never came to mind: ‘Maybe I’m not good enough.’ I never thought like that.” (Roy Hargrove)“The myth was that because you were black that you could not do classical dance. I proved that to be wrong.” (Arthur Mitchell)“Don’t shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.” (Ursula K. Le Guin)— The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Ursula K Le Guin, Robert Indiana, Roy Hargrove, 12.25.18, Arthur Mitchell Don


Video of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Salon Talk on Ursula K Le Guin is now online

In a recent talk at The Interval, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ursula K Le Guin’s student 40 years ago and now a celebrated science fiction writer himself, reflects on Le Guin the teacher, 
her impact on his work, and how she changed the world. Watch the full video here.
Tags: Future, Ursula K Le Guin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Le Guin, The Interval, Kim Stanley Robinson Ursula K Le Guin


New Leaf January 2019 Discussion • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Thread closed until start of discussion on January 15, 2019 The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin is the January selection for the New Leaf Book Club. Quote: The Left Hand of Darkness was among the first books in the genre now known as feminist science fiction and is the most famous examination of androgyny in science fiction. A major theme of the novel is the effect of sex and gender on culture and society.
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Ursula K Le Guin


Books: 11 books perfect for Southern California readers and the holidays

Iceland has a national tradition called Jolabokaflod, or the “Christmas Book Flood,” and I picture it every year as a giant blue wave of books flowing into Christmas Eve when Icelanders exchange books and chocolate. Iceland is my kind of place. My chocolate recommendations could fill their own column, so for now let’s focus on books and this season’s wave of Southern California’s best. The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition by Ursula K. Le Guin, illustrated by Charles Vess Calif...
Tags: Books, Wales, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Oxford, Tracy, Ed Ruscha, Iceland, Ursula K Le Guin, Disneyland, Walt Disney, BoJack Horseman


The secret history of science fiction's women writers: The Future is Female!

Eminent science fiction scholar Lisa Yaszek (Georgia Tech Professor of Science Fiction in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication) has edited "The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin," a forthcoming anthology of science fiction (and scientifiction!) by woman writers from the 1920s published last month by New American Library. In a wide-ranging interview about the book, Yaszek discusses the historical research she ...
Tags: Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Gender, News, Fanac, Toronto, America, History, Feminism, Cia, Kate, Ursula K Le Guin, Georgia Tech, Campbell


Nine Lives: Common & Jonny Lee Miller to Star in Sci-Fi Adaptation

Nine Lives: Common & Jonny Lee Miller to star in sci-fi adaptation According to Deadline, Academy Award winner Common (John Wick: Chapter 2) and Elementary star Jonny Lee Miller have been tapped to star in the forthcoming film adaptation Nine Lives, based on acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin’s sci-fi dark comedy novelette of the same name. Filming is expected to begin in the summer of 2019. Set on a moon-base for off-world drilling, Nine Lives will follow the story of two jaded workers whose...
Tags: Jessica Chastain, Movies, Regina Hall, Ursula k. le guin, Elisabeth Moss, Common, Amandla Stenberg, Le Guin, John Wick, Jonny Lee Miller, Nine Lives, Playboy Magazine, ComingSoon, Movie News, Tiffany Haddish, Gavin Humphries


What to Watch at the 9th Annual DOC NYC

DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, returns for its ninth edition, from November 8-15 at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village and Chelsea’s SVA Theatre and Cinepolis Chelsea. The 2018 festival includes 135 feature-length documentaries among an expanded program that includes 300 films and events overall. Included are 42 world premieres and 17 U.S. or North American premieres, with more than 500 doc makers and special guests expected in person to present their films or participate on p...
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