I'm still reading Ursula Le Guin's No Time to Spare. Slowly. When Le Guin was eighty-one, she started blogging, and the essays in the book were selected from her blog posts. She died at eighty-eight on Jan. 22.
I mentioned on my other blog, that I was about half-way through the book when Ursula Le Guin died. I stopped reading the essays for a while, but have returned to them, reading one or more every day or so. Some essays are light and charming--there are several dealing with her new kitten and his personality.
However, her thoughtful commentary about aging, literature, men and women, the environment, capitalism, advertising/propaganda, and politics--these are the essays that engage me. They make me think and question. They require some time spent reflecting or ruminating and probably require more than one reading.
Le Guin's place in the world of speculative fiction is unquestioned; her works are classics that have won award after award and have influenced many other writers of science fiction and fantasy. About her fiction, Le Guin once said something to the effect that entertainment if well and good, but "does it make them think?" I've certainly been thinking about her nonfiction essays.
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Nonfiction. Essays. December, 2017. Print length: 215 pages.