Tag Archives: Ursula K. Le Guin

Art, Imagination, and Freedom

When I clicked over to watch the video of Ursula K. Le Guin’s acceptance speech (it’s only six minutes; like all her work, it is elegantly concise) I was glad to discover that nearly sixty thousand people had been there … Continue reading


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Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Ursula K. Le Guin

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Today, 7:40 EST: Live-stream NBA: Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Ursula  K. Le Guin http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2014_ceremony.html#.VFRJLodm47A


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Ursula LeGuin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award!

A loud and sustained Hurraaaaaaaah for Ursula  K. Le Guin, who will be the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation. The award is the NBP Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, which is (and … Continue reading


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Ursula K. Le Guin and Michael Cunningham Talk About Writing

BVC’s own Ursula K. Le Guin and Michael Cunningham talk about what’s going on with fiction in this dialogue at Electric Lit. Here are a couple of quotes to whet your appetite: Cunningham: I feel like the most prominent aspect … Continue reading


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The Myth of the Veneer

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THE MYTH OF THE VENEER by Ursula K. Le Guin “The secret world of the Mafia is a concave mirror that reflects and magnifies our world. If looked at properly, it can illuminate aspects of society that are normally out … Continue reading


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The Internet as Heaven

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by Ursula K. Le Guin Time and space are the basic parameters of being in the world. Plants and animals fill their time and their space without question: the tree or the cow occupies its place in the world and … Continue reading


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The Circling Stars, the Sea Surrounding

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The Circling Stars, the Sea Surrounding: Philip Glass and John Luther Adams by Ursula K. Le Guin Every year one of the Portland Opera Company’s productions is sung by the singers in the company’s outstanding training program. In 2012 it … Continue reading


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Cats, Claws, Panic

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Cats, Claws, Panic (Annals of Pard, X) by Ursula K. Le Guin Do cats bite their nails? I mean, do cats other than Pard bite their nails? After breakfast, Pard washes his face. Sometimes the soft swipe across the jowl … Continue reading


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Belief in Belief

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Belief in Belief Ursula K. Le Guin You can buy rocks in which are carved words intended to be inspiring — LOVE, HOPE, DREAM, etc. Some have the word BELIEVE. They puzzle me. Is belief a virtue? Is it desirable … Continue reading


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Uses of Music in Uttermost Parts

Uses of Music in Uttermost Parts

About Uses of Music in Uttermost Parts by Ursula K. Le Guin In the summer of 1985 my friend Elinor Armer and I were sitting around on ancient iron chaise-longues in the Napa Valley discussing how a composer and a … Continue reading


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