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. Library of America is publishing Hainish Novels and Stories and a number of her other books.

Poem Written in 1991

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

oem Written in 1991

When the Soviet Union Was Disintegrating

by Ursula K. Le Guin Continue reading

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Update: Pard and the Time Machine

Pard and the Time Machine

In an earlier blog post* I described my cat’s relationship to the Time Machine that sits on my desk keeping tabs on what goes on in my computer. When both Pard and the Time Machine were younger, it often made faint clickety buzzing noises, which convinced him that it it contained beetles. A reasonable assumption, since our house swarmed with box-elder beetles that year, and they did get into everything. He enjoyed hunting them. But eating them always appeared to be more a duty than a reward. Presently he gave it up. Then he gave up beetle-hunting altogether, as a boring juvenile pastime beneath the dignity of a mature cat. Continue reading

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Pard: An Interrupted Nap

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

Pard: An Interrupted Nap Linda Long, photographer. Marilyn Reaves, distracter. U.K. Le Guin, skritcher.

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The Jaguar

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The Jaguar
Ursula K. Le Guin

the ghost of a jaguar walks through the fence
the jaguar is our freedom Continue reading

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Cause to Celebrate

Oregon: Home of the Clearcut

July 5, 2017. Tonight, after the ironic fireworks of a peculiarly anxious Independence Day, I want to celebrate two good things that have happened in my state. Continue reading

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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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