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Book Review: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

Genly Ai, a “First Mobile” of an intergalactic collective of planets called the Ekumen, travels in his youth as a lone human emissary to Winter, a world comprised almost entirely of glaciers and a thin band of habitable valleys, blanketed in nearly constant snow, around the planet’s equator. 430 more words

Reading

On Writing

The art of writing is an exploration of our unknown selves. As Adam Phillips has said, we do not write to say what we believe; we write to discover what we believe. 3,007 more words

Philosophy

Acres of Ground*

*incidentally the title of a great Eliza Carthy/Imagined Village song.

Deep breath.

So this is what it feels like:

the helpful young doctor pauses for a moment, sits back and sighs before broaching the subject: “it’s not easy to walk in to an appointment and just start talking to some stranger of a doctor about how you’re really feeling, is it?”  And I sit staring at my shoes.  685 more words

Musings

LE GUIN THE RECONSTRUCTIONIST

While deconstructions often end up darker, edgier, sadder, and more cynical than the normal version, there is no reason they have to be.

-TVTropes article on…

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Letters

the meaning of objects

I was given these lovely buttons recently. I’m not sure how many families pass down the button box, a store of old, new, useful, ugly – and some gorgeous – buttons. 395 more words

Critical Journal

Why are Americans afraid of dragons? By Ursula Le Guin.

After reading ” Why are Americans afraid of dragons” by Le Guin, I immediately thought of the movie Inside Out. When I watched Inside Out with my five year old niece I was not expecting to be entertained. 337 more words

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OUT HERE IS ABOUT OUT THERE

Ursula Le Guin has written a series of poems about Malheur and the Steens Mountain country.  Here’s just one:

High Desert

Out here, there is another way to be. 147 more words

Malheur