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thinking abt the concept of ''fandom'' in relation to that ursula k le guin quote abt how, under capitalism, 'fantasy becomes a commodity, an industry. commodified fantasy takes no risks: it invents nothing, but imitates and trivializes. it proceeds by depriving the old stories of their intellectual and ethical complexity, turning their action to violence, their actors to dolls, and their truth- telling to sentimental platitude. heroes brandish their swords, lasers, wands, as mechanically as combine harvesters, reaping profits. profoundly disturbing moral choices are sanitized, made cute, made safe.'
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radicalposture · 5 months ago
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Ursula K. Le Guin, The Child and the Shadow, 1974
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quotemadness · 4 months ago
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My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it.
Ursula K. Le Guin 
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irtenyev · 11 months ago
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when w. h. auden said “evil is unspectacular and always human” and ursula k. leguin said “this is the great treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain”
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felinepurrrstory · 3 years ago
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"I drew a picture of a cat with wings, and I thought “Oh, what fun! Why shouldn’t a cat have wings!?” and then, “What would happen if they did?” and so there goes the book.
-- Ursula K. Le Guin
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nightkitchentarot · 2 years ago
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They asked me to tell you what it was like to be twenty and pregnant in 1950 and when you tell your boyfriend you’re pregnant, he tells you about a friend of his in the army whose girl told him she was pregnant, so he got all his buddies to come and say, “We all fucked her, so who knows who the father is?” And he laughs at the good joke…. What was it like, if you were planning to go to graduate school and get a degree and earn a living so you could support yourself and do the work you loved—what it was like to be a senior at Radcliffe and pregnant and if you bore this child, this child which the law demanded you bear and would then call “unlawful,” “illegitimate,” this child whose father denied it … What was it like? […] It’s like this: if I had dropped out of college, thrown away my education, depended on my parents … if I had done all that, which is what the anti-abortion people want me to have done, I would have borne a child for them, … the authorities, the theorists, the fundamentalists; I would have born a child for them, their child. But I would not have born my own first child, or second child, or third child. My children. The life of that fetus would have prevented, would have aborted, three other fetuses … the three wanted children, the three I had with my husband—whom, if I had not aborted the unwanted one, I would never have met … I would have been an “unwed mother” of a three-year-old in California, without work, with half an education, living off her parents…. But it is the children I have to come back to, my children Elisabeth, Caroline, Theodore, my joy, my pride, my loves. If I had not broken the law and aborted that life nobody wanted, they would have been aborted by a cruel, bigoted, and senseless law. They would never have been born. This thought I cannot bear. What was it like, in the Dark Ages when abortion was a crime, for the girl whose dad couldn’t borrow cash, as my dad could? What was it like for the girl who couldn’t even tell her dad, because he would go crazy with shame and rage? Who couldn’t tell her mother? Who had to go alone to that filthy room and put herself body and soul into the hands of a professional criminal? – because that is what every doctor who did an abortion was, whether he was an extortionist or an idealist. You know what it was like for her. You know and I know; that is why we are here. We are not going back to the Dark Ages. We are not going to let anybody in this country have that kind of power over any girl or woman. There are great powers, outside the government and in it, trying to legislate the return of darkness. We are not great powers. But we are the light. Nobody can put us out. May all of you shine very bright and steady, today and always.
Ursula K. Le Guin
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we stan a literary icon
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souldagger · 8 months ago
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cant stop thinking abt ursula k. le guin’s essay abt the carrier bag theory..... she’s like, maybe the first human tool was not a weapon, but rather something that holds, a bag, a pouch, a vessel, something for gathering and storing and sharing. let’s shift the narrative of humanity from that of violence to that of safekeeping. and i’m like
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bookofkhidr · a year ago
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A child free from the guilt of ownership and the burden of economic competition will grow up with the will to do what needs doing and the capacity for joy in doing it. It is useless work that darkens the heart. The delight of the nursing mother, of the scholar, of the successful hunter, of the good cook, of the skillful maker, of anyone doing needed work and doing it well—this durable joy is perhaps the deepest source of human affection, and of sociality as a whole.
— Ursula K. Le Guin, from The Dispossessed
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poetsandwriters · 2 years ago
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—Ursula K. Le Guin, from a 1988 interview, collected in Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (Melville House, 2019)
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alpine-insurrection · 3 years ago
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We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. — Ursula K. Le Guin
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suitesamba · 3 years ago
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Ursula K le Guin on the use of they/their.
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memoryslandscape · 2 years ago
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I am used to being lonely but forever to be a stranger is a strange grief.
Ursula K. Le Guin, from section IV “The Unknown Continent,” of “So Far,” So Far So Good: Final Poems, 2014-2018 (Copper Canyon Press, 2018)
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amy-583 · 3 years ago
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We all have forests on our minds. Forests unexplored, unending. Each one of us gets lost in the forest, every night, alone.
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wind’s Twelve Quarters
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excessivebookshelf · 3 years ago
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As you read a book word by word and page by page, you participate in its creation, just as a cellist playing a Bach suite participates, note by note, in the creation, the coming-to-be, the existence, of the music. And, as you read and re-read, the book of course participates in the creation of you, your thoughts and feelings, the size and temper of your soul.
Ursula K. Le Guin
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perkwunos · a year ago
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Afterword to A Wizard of Earthsea
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unchildhood · 2 years ago
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URSULA K. LE GUIN x RENÉ MAGRITTE
The Wind's Twelve Quarters (1975);
La Foret, or The Forest (1927), painting, oil on canvas
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solarpunkcast · 10 months ago
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Angela Davis & Ursula K Le Guin, visionary women for a hopeful future
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