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LitWatch July: The Cheese War, illegal lumber trading, and Ursula K. Le Guin

“I know that many men and even women are afraid and angry when women do speak, because in this barbaric society, when women speak truly they speak subversively — they can’t help it: If you’re underneath, if you’re kept down, you break out, you subvert. We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. That’s what I want — to hear you erupting. You young Mount St. Helenses who don’t know the power in you — I want to hear you.”
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Zahia Rahmani on Discovering Ursula K. Le Guin in 2021

I discovered the work of Ursula K. Le Guin after her death. The first book of hers that I read was Danser au bord du monde—paroles, femmes, territoires, published in France in 2020 (published in English in 1989). Her work, her language, her writing, were completely new to me. I wondered how it could have been that a literary oeuvre that was so important and fundamentally political had escaped my notice for so long. There’s an abyss between us, the people who live within a Western conception of the world, and those whose memory remains tied to the world before this conception set in. I held Danse au bord du monde in my hands, and I experienced the world anew.
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A previously unpublished Ursula K. Le Guin poem and how her poetry captures “the voice of the soul”

A rare glimpse into Le Guin’s private life as a writing group collaborator, friend and poet. Over dinner a few months ago with some musician and writer friends outside of Portland, a conversation about songwriting turned into a conversation about poetry, which led me to ask two of the writers at the table about a poetry group they belonged to, which had once included Ursula K. Le Guin.
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Ursula K. Le Guin always wanted Powell’s Books to be a proud union shop.

Ursula K. Le Guin’s birthday—yesterday—should be some kind of national book holiday. The literary internet was awash in celebratory remembrances, quotations, miscellany… all of which only served to underline what a brilliant, compassionate, clear-eyed woman she was. To wit, the ILWU Local 5 shared via Twitter this 1999 letter Le...
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An ode to the glorious ’70s cover art of the books of Ursula K. Le Guin.

Today would have been the 92nd birthday of Ursula K. Le Guin, legendary author of speculative fiction, intelligent thinker on gender-neutral language, and one-time owner of this gorgeous house. As a result, I have been re-reading my very old, hand-me-down copy of A Wizard of Earthsea (the 1975 Bantam edition), and every time I see it sitting around the house, I think: they don’t make book covers like this anymore. Thusly inspired, I took to the Internet Speculative Fiction database to page my way through all of the weirdest and best art to have graced the covers of Le Guin’s books in the ’70s—and decided to share it with you here. P.S. Yes, I cheated and started at 1968. However, this is my blog and I will do what I want. Enjoy.
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Read a previously unpublished Ursula K. Le Guin poem.

Here’s some relaxing reading for this Friday afternoon: in an online feature in TriQuarterly Mag, writer Jacqueline Dougan Jackson recalls her experience meeting Ursula K. Le Guin when Le Guin came to teach at Beloit University, involving a humorous prank she played on the Earthsea author—and shares a previously unpublished Le Guin poem.
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New stamp honors science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin

The groundbreaking science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin, who novelist Michael Chabon called "the greatest American writer of her generation," is being honored with a postage stamp. Le Guin, known for her pioneering and genre-bending scifi, fantasy and speculative fiction works, was honored with the 33rd Forever stamp in...
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When Sci-Fi Legend Ursula K. Le Guin Translated the Chinese Classic, the Tao Te Ching

Brenda (laughing): Can you imagine a Taoist advertising agency? “Buy this if you feel like it. If it’s right. You may not need it.”. Ursula: There was an old cartoon in The New Yorker with a guy from an advertising agency showing his ad and the boss is saying “I think you need a little more enthusiasm Jones.” And his ad is saying, “Try our product, it really isn’t bad.”
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