Monthly Archives: January 2018

Returning to Oil: Materials

by Brenda W. Clough  The first thing to do when you decide to make something? Go shopping! Only the highest and most abstruse creativity calls for no equipment at all — philosophy, maybe? Everybody else needs stuff. Mathematicians need gigantic … Continue reading

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The Tesla Diaries: 8. Collision

(This post is part of a blog series. In case you haven’t read it, here’s the first post.) We were running errands on a Saturday. I was in the passenger seat. One sharp, percussive “bam” changed the whole game.

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BVC Eats: Comfort Food: Water Chestnut Green Beans

In my family, there was no mushroom soup or French fried onion rings in any side dish. We saved cheese for other dishes, because when you mix green beans, slivered water chestnuts, and cream of celery soup–you have something people think you have slaved over Continue reading

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Childhood Fears

Why is it I’m still afraid of the dentist? or not so much afraid as really super unwilling to go. I don’t exactly fear pain, because I know it doesn’t hurt so much. My dentist is careful to numb me … Continue reading

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Only in Silence the Word: After Ursula

Ursula K. Le Guin by Eileen Gunn

Some writers are just—more. More everything. More brilliant. More talented. More challenging, and more wickedly subversive. Ursula was all of those things, but even more than that, she was loved. I was her colleague in genre and here at Book … Continue reading

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Ponce Chronicles: Beauty Amid the Struggles

(Third in a series. Here are parts One and Two.) One of the striking things about Ponce, and I guess much of Latin America and the Caribbean, is that there’s so much beauty right alongside the poverty. I don’t always … Continue reading

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Ursula K. Le Guin Has Left Us

Ursula K. Le Guin by Eileen Gunn

Author Ursula Le Guin has died, at the age of 88. She was a giant in the field—and by “the field,” I mean not just science fiction and fantasy, but the world of American letters. Winner of multiple Hugo and … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Watches Birds

For the past 3 years, I have spent a cold day in winter counting birds. Amateur bird-watcher that I am—not a “birder” in that I don’t devote hours of my life learning bird song even though I wish I had … Continue reading

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No Time to Spare Is Finalist for Essay Prize

No Time to Spare

Ursula K. Le Guin’s 2017 collection of essays, No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, is one of the five finalists for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. This prize, one of the PEN America Literary … Continue reading

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Remembering Ursula

by Brenda W. Clough Truly one of the giants of the field. I’m going to miss hearing about Pard.

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