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Review of The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin

Arguably my favorite book, unarguably my favorite author, The Dispossessed tells the story of a brilliant physicist born and raised in a colony established on Anarres, the barren red moon of Urras, a blue planet that bears a striking resemblance to late-19th-century Earth. 283 more words


Words I Love

“It is a terrible thing, this kindess that human beings do not lose. Terrible, because when we are finally naked in the dark and cold, it is all we have. 29 more words


The best science fiction of the year 4, edited by Terry Carr

Another re-read of this collection of stories dating mainly from 1974. The surprising thing I found was how some of these stories had aged better than others; in more than one story set at some point in the early years of the 21st century or later, it was surprising how many of the protagonists had to find a telephone box to contact someone! 365 more words

David Brooks Interprets Your Favorite Short Stories

In David Brooks’ recent column, readers of the New York Times were taken on a journey back to English class. Instead of a defense of a foreign coup… 1,037 more words


The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula LeGuin

  1. To get a grasp of the theme in this story, you need to examine the conflict. What is it? (Hint: It’s a moral conflict, an apparent dilemma, a paradox.) How do you think you would handle the conflict?
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Elena Ferrante: Nothing Offends Like Success

In a January 2, 2015 OpEd published in the online version of the Italian magazine L’Internazionale, journalist and translator Frederika Randall discusses the novels of Italian writer Elena Ferrante, six of which have been translated into English, ultimately dismissing Ferrante’s work as no more than an “ingenious business venture.” 1,643 more words

Book Reviews & Literaria

HG Wells: A Modern Utopia

I’d meant to read this utopian vision for a long while; finally got round to it, and admit it was interesting but that’s about it. In many ways, it’s a curiosity from almost a century ago, but Wells was a socialist and it was interesting to see how he elaborated his vision. 503 more words