Author Archives: Ursula K. Le Guin

About Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin is a founding member of Book View Cafe. Her most recent BVC ebook is MY LIFE SO FAR, BY PARD, translated from the Feline by UKL.

A Work in Progress: More Earthsea Sketches by Charles Vess

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

A Work in Progress: More Earthsea Sketches by Charles Vess by Ursula K. Le Guin Continued from “The Big Book of Earthsea,” July 18, 2016. Here are a few more of Charles Vess’ preliminary sketches for the illustrations for the … Continue reading

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Refusing to Be Bullied

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The manic speed and vindictiveness of the Republican attack on American core values and institutions make it all too easy for us, the majority opposition, to feel defeated — hopeless. This article is a good antidote. Continue reading

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Constructing the Golem

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The legend of the golem varies according to the teller, but I will follow the version that tells how in a time of persecution a rabbi made a mighty giant out of mud, a golem, and wrote a sacred word on its forehead — “Truth” — that gave it life. With its frightening size and enormous strength, the golem was to defend and safeguard the Jews. But the golem was not rational, not controllable. It was a danger in itself. So the rabbi removed a single letter from the word on its forehead, which then read “Death,” and the life went out of the giant, leaving only mud. Continue reading

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Guest post via Ursula K. Le Guin: “The Wall” by Anita Endrezze

Anita Endrezze

Build a wall of saguaros,
butterflies, and bones
of those who perished
in the desert. Continue reading

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Pard Gets a New Catnip Mouse

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

Pard Gets a New Catnip Mouse The Annals of Pard XXI by Ursula K. Le Guin Don’t worry, I can hold my catnip. I am perfectly steady on my feet.

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A thanksgiving

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A thanksgiving
Poetry by Ursula K. Le Guin Continue reading

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The Election, Lao Tzu, a Cup of Water

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The Election, Lao Tzu, a Cup of Water By Ursula K. Le Guin Americans have voted for a politics of fear, anger, and hatred, and those of us who oppose this politics are now trying to figure out how we … Continue reading

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Health Update

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

I’m sorry about not keeping up my blog posts, but everything got interrupted for me this summer when my congenital heart murmur (leaky valve) finally began to exact its toll. I spent a few days in hospital, have been home now for three weeks. Doing fine but not doing very much — and that looks to be the way it will be for a while… Continue reading

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The Big Book of Earthsea

Tehanu Frontispiece by Charles Vess

What is most exciting to me about this edition of EARTHSEA is THE PICTURES. Charles Vess is painting a wraparound cover and a full-color frontispiece for each of the six books (and, says he, “the title page will be in color, if I have anything to say about it.” To which I say Amen!) Then he’ll be drawing some fifty black-and-white vignettes for chapter heads, ten or a dozen full-page illustrations, and a bunch of smaller pictures throughout the book. Continue reading

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Annals of Pard: My Life So Far, by Pard, Part II

Quite satisfactory

I cried very loudly in the roaring moving room-thing on the way here, because I thought the awfulness and strangeness was all happening over again forever. I still always think that when they put me in the box that smells of fear and the roaring moving room-thing. But except for that I have hardly cried at all since coming here. Continue reading

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