Thursday, May 21, 2020

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters (2017) by Ursula K. Le Guin. COVID-19 Recreational Reading

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters (2017) by Ursula K. Le Guin. COVID-19 Recreational Reading

You may best know Le Guin for her Earthsea novels (starting with A Wizard of Earthsea in 1968) and a number of other classic works of fiction including The Left Hand of Darkness (1969); The Dispossessed (1974); and her series of children's books, Catwings (1988-99). The Lathe of Heaven (1971), is her most compelling single volume for me. No Time to Spare is a collection of short essays, first published on Le Guin's blog (which she started at age 81). She muses on various subjects (how to eat an egg, the difficulties of aging, and the joy her young cat, Pard, brings her). A nice peak into the lightly filtered mind of the great writer as she reminds us that:
"We can’t question reality directly, only by questioning our conventions, our belief, our orthodoxy, our construction of reality. All Galileo said, all Darwin said, was, 'It doesn’t have to be the way we thought it was.'" or that "Actually, I don’t exactly have expectations. I have hopes, and fears."

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