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sixmonthsandgone · 3 months ago
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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018), dir. Arwen Curry
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firstfullmoon · 3 months ago
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Ursula K. Le Guin, from The Dispossessed
[text ID: the yearning warmth of spring]
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soracities · a month ago
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After all, [the world] is on my side. That is, I'm a part of it. Not separate from it. I walk on the ground and the ground's walked on by me, I breathe the air and change it, I am entirely interconnected with the world.
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven
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sawasawako · 2 months ago
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“Modernist manuals of writing often conflate story with conflict. This reductionism reflects a culture that inflates aggression and competition while cultivating ignorance of other behavioral options. No narrative of any complexity can be built on or reduced to a single element. Conflict is one kind of behavior. There are others, equally important in any human life, such as relating, finding, losing, bearing, discovering, parting, changing. Change is the universal aspect of all these sources of story. Story is something moving, something happening, something or somebody changing.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin, Steering the Craft: A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story
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oldschoolteenflicks · 4 months ago
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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018) dir. by Arwen Curry
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kafk-a · 8 months ago
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Ursula K. Le Guin, from The Left Hand of Darkness
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rashmiipriya · 8 months ago
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“I found out I was in love with you, winter before last,” she said. “I wasn’t going to say anything about it because - well, you know. If you felt anything like that for me, you’d have known I did. But it wasn’t both of us. So there was no good in it. But then, when you told us you’re leaving… At first I thought, all the more reason to say nothing. But then I thought, that wouldn’t be fair. To me, partly. Love has a right to be spoken. And you have a right to know that somebody loves you. That somebody has loved you, could love you. We all need to know that. Maybe it’s what we need most.”
- A Fisherman of the inland sea, Ursula K. Leguin
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dispatchesfromtheclasswar · a month ago
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From Ursula K. Le Guin - thinking of this essay these days
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morepeachyogurt · 2 months ago
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i don’t know who i am, so how could you?
1. anne carson // 2. the wonder years // 3. kaye donachie // 4. phoebe bridgers // 5. shane mccrae // 6. @anjalimehta // 7. ursula k. le guin // 8. margret atwood // 9. nikos kazantzakis // 10. philip geiger // 11. bell hooks // 12. @julykings // 13. sylvia plath
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bagofbonesmp3 · 2 months ago
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“But there are no wars in Earthsea. No soldiers, no armies, no battles. None of the militarism that came from the Arthurian saga and other sources and that by now, under the influence of fantasy war games, has become almost obligatory.
I didn’t and don’t think this way; my mind doesn’t work in terms of war. My imagination refuses to limit all the elements that make an adventure story and make it exciting—danger, risk, challenge, courage—to battlefields. A hero whose heroism consists of killing people is uninteresting to me, and I detest the hormonal war orgies of our visual media, the mechanical slaughter of endless battalions of black-clad, yellow-toothed, red-eyed demons.
War as a moral metaphor is limited, limiting, and dangerous. By reducing the choices of action to “a war against” whatever-it-is, you divide the world into Me or Us (good) and Them or It (bad) and reduce the ethical complexity and moral richness of our life to Yes/No, On/Off. This is puerile, misleading, and degrading. In stories, it evades any solution but violence and offers the reader mere infantile reassurance. All too often the heroes of such fantasies behave exactly as the villains do, acting with mindless violence, but the hero is on the “right” side and therefore will win. Right makes might.
Or does might make right?
If war is the only game going, yes. Might makes right. Which is why I don’t play war games.
To be the man he can be, Ged has to find out who and what his real enemy is. He has to find out what it means to be himself. That requires not a war but a search and a discovery. The search takes him through mortal danger, loss, and suffering. The discovery brings him victory, the kind of victory that isn’t the end of a battle but the beginning of a life.”
– Ursula K. LeGuin, A Wizard of Earthsea's afterword
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irtenyev · a year 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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spokenitalics · 4 months ago
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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. The passionately conceived ideas of the great storytellers are copied, stereotyped, reduced to toys, molded in bright-colored plastic, advertised, sold, broken, junked, replaceable, interchangeable.
What the commodifiers of fantasy count on and exploit is the insuperable imagination of the reader, child or adult, which gives even these dead things life—of a sort, for a while.
Ursula K. Le Guin, foreword to The Tales of Earthsea
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soracities · 2 months ago
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The end justifies the means. But what if there never is an end? All we have is means.
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven
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sawasawako · 4 months ago
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“The exercise of imagination is dangerous to those who profit from the way things are because it has the power to show that the way things are is not permanent, not universal, not necessary. Having that real though limited power to put established institutions into question, imaginative literature has also the responsibility of power. The storyteller is the truthteller.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader and the Imagination
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oh-jail-for-mother · 6 months ago
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"If it is a human thing to do to put something you want, because it’s useful, edible, or beautiful, into a bag, or a basket, or a bit of rolled bark or leaf, or a net woven of your own hair, or what have you, and then take it home with you, home being another, larger kind of pouch or bag, a container for people, and then later on you take it out and eat it or share it or store it up for winter in a solider container or put it in the medicine bundle or the shrine or the museum, the holy place, the area that contains what is sacred, and then next day you probably do much the same again — if to do that is human, if that’s what it takes, then I am a human being after all. Fully, freely, gladly, for the first time."
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin
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shitpostsampler · a month ago
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The hellsite (affectionate) does as the hellsite (slightly less affectionate) wishes and we cannot for the life of us reblog @natalieironside 's post found HERE. Check it out. We're sad we can't add this to the thread. @staff help us out or something, idk. EDIT: The typo is definitely not on purpose. We will be fixing it in post.
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radicalposture · 7 months ago
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Ursula K. Le Guin, The Stone Ax and the Muskoxen, 1975, (originally given as the Guest of Honour Speech at WorldCon 1975)
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rosenaya · 5 months ago
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she is my favorite person ill never get to meet
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memoryslandscape · 3 months ago
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Be my guide when I'm lost, and alone. From your distance bring me close to the bone. Ride with me where I must go. Dream in me what I must see. Be what I cannot be. Be almost me,
Ursula K. Le Guin, from “Ille,” Finding My Elegy: New and Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)
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