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.

A thanksgiving

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

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

Pard Surveys His Domain

In the first place there were Mother and Sister and me with a mother and an aunty human who had a lot of kittens. Some tom humans came around now and then and either paid no attention to anybody but the queens, or were dangerous to kittens, pretty much like real toms. Mother and Sister and I kept out of their way and had no worries except sometimes the younger kitten humans, who will pull your tail as soon as their eyes are open. And some of the bigger ones played too rough, or tried to hug. Hugging, even when well meant, is horrible…. Continue reading

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Reality Goes Over the Top

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This got me thinking about the fragility of satire. When reality overdoes itself, when it gets surreal, what’s left for the satirist? Continue reading

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The Annals of Pard: Photos

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

Annals of Pard: Photos Continue reading

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Navigating the Ocean of Story (2)

Ursula K. Le Guin

by Ursula K. Le Guin THREE NEW QUESTIONS Adina: I read your work over and over in sheer fascination at the lyricism you manage to put into everything, the descriptions, seemingly simple lines, characterizations. When I look at my own writing, … Continue reading

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Navigating the Ocean of Story (2)

Ursula K. Le Guin

by Ursula K. Le Guin Questions With Answers: Session 2, Round 1 Alex: You’ve spoken about rhythm in prose, including some rhythmic analysis of your favourite work. When you review and edit your work, how do you tend to check … Continue reading

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