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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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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Review: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

— by BEV QUESTAD — A glorious tribute to a captivatingly astute writer, “Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin” intermixes original images and motion graphics of the environments described in Le Guin books to tell the story of one of the greatest science fiction writers in the last 100 years. Though she grew up in […]
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August's Best eBook Deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month: An Appeal to the World by Dalai Lama Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman By Myself by Lauren Bacall Che: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson Cinderella Man by Jeremy Schaap A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut The House Girl by Tara Conklin How Evan Broke His Head by Garth Stein I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp by Richard Hell Illuminations by Walter Benjamin Inappropriati...
Tags: Music, America, David, Rosewater, Ursula K Le Guin, Stephen, Neal Stephenson, Laura Lippman, Anthony Bourdain, Laird, Pablo Neruda, Kurt Vonnegut, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Cokie Roberts, Candace Bushnell, Sarah Vaughan


September's Best eBook Deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month: An Appeal to the World by Dalai Lama Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman By Myself by Lauren Bacall Che: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson Cinderella Man by Jeremy Schaap A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut The House Girl by Tara Conklin How Evan Broke His Head by Garth Stein I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp by Richard Hell Illuminations by Walter Benjamin Inappropriati...
Tags: Music, America, David, Rosewater, Ursula K Le Guin, Stephen, Neal Stephenson, Laura Lippman, Anthony Bourdain, Laird, Pablo Neruda, Kurt Vonnegut, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Cokie Roberts, Candace Bushnell, Sarah Vaughan


Read Two Of This Year's 2018 Hugh Award Winners Online

AmiMoJo quotes the Verge: The 2018 Hugo Awards were held Sunday night at the World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, California. The Hugo award, voted on by members of the fan community, is considered the highest honour for science fiction and fantasy literature... N.K. Jemisin took home the top honor for The Stone Sky, the third installment of her Broken Earth trilogy. Other winners include Martha Wells for her first Murderbot novella All Systems Red, Suzanne Palmer for her novelette "The...
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Dead Languages.

A poem by Ursula K. Le Guin (from Late in the Day: Poems 2010–2014):     Dead Languages Dreadful, this death, dragging so many lives and lively minds along after it into unmeaning, endless, imbecile silence. The more ways there are to say Mother the wiser the world is. Never are there enough words for Well done! or Welcome! A line of verse revives lost Aprils. In the name for Home lie whole nations. The unused word may be the useful one. Old nouns are in no hurry. Old verbs are very patient. The...
Tags: Uncategorized, Linguistics, Ursula K Le Guin


Watch the New Trailer for Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin, the First Feature Film on the Pioneering Sci-Fi Author

On June 10th, at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in England, director Arwen Curry will premiere Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin, the first feature film about the groundbreaking science fiction writer. The film's website notes that "Curry filmed with Le Guin for 10 years to produce the film, which unfolds an intimate journey of self-discovery as Le Guin comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers alo...
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Shorties (Michael Chabon on His New Essay Collection, Interpol Shared a Mini-Documentary. and more)

Michael Chabon discussed his new essay collection with the Guardian. shared a Turn on the Bright Lights tour mini-documentary. May's best eBook deals. shared a working tracklist for her forthcoming album. Amor Towles discussed his novel A Gentleman in Moscow with Boise State Public Radio. Stream a new Lykke Li song. Guernica features a new essay by Lynn Steger Strong. Washington City Paper profiled the band Governess. The English Kills Review interviewed author Rac...
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21 famous books you don't have to read (and recommendations for better books)

Advice from the editors of GQ: Don't read the "totally silly" The Catcher in the Rye. Instead, read Olivia, "the story of a British teenage girl who is sent to a boarding school in France." Don't read Catch-22, because it "fails to capture the absurdities and impossible conflicts of war." Instead, read The American Granddaughter, a "thoughtful, nuanced, and often uproariously funny meditation on war in the 21st century." The editors also warn would be readers to steer clear of the Lord of the R...
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Ursula K. Le Guin Explained Why Dictators Aren't Usually Into Poetry (And Definitely Not Poets)

From an interview published this year: "Dictators are always afraid of poets. This seems kind of weird to a lot of Americans to whom poets are not political beings, but it doesn’t seem a bit weird in South America or in any dictatorship, really."
Tags: Art, Ideas, South America, Ursula K Le Guin, 04.06.18


Shorties (An Excerpt from Michelle Dean's New Book, An Interview with Stephen Malkmus, and more)

BuzzFeed shared an excerpt from Michelle Dean's new book, Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion. Pitchfork interviewed Stephen Malkmus. eBook on sale for $2.99 today: No Time To Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin Paste recapped March's best albums. BBC Culture and Vol. 1 Brooklyn recommended April's best books. Stream a new song by Mourn. X-R-A-Y features new fiction by Juliet Escoria. PopMatters and Drowned in Sound interviewed singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus. M...
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