No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le GuinFrom acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, and with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, a collection of thoughts—always adroit, often acerbic—on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation.
Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she’s in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice—sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical—shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula’s blog, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her wonder at it.
On the absurdity of denying your age, she says, If I’m ninety and believe I’m forty-five, I’m headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub. On cultural perceptions of fantasy: The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is ‘escapism’ an accusation of? On her new cat: He still won’t sit on a lap…I don’t know if he ever will. He just doesn’t accept the lap hypothesis. On breakfast: Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime. And on all that is unknown, all that we discover as we muddle through life: How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters
Le Guin reflects on the value of time, when simply living life, visiting with friends and family, grocery shopping, and writing, fills each and every day. December 22, No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters is a pleasing read and an engaging look behind the curtain, into the life and mind of award-winning author Ursula Le Guin. LeGuin, of course, is a national treasure. Today, at the age of 88, LeGuin no longer writes fiction. But she does blog. The title essay explains why LeGuin found it hard to respond to an alumni survey she received from her alma mater, Harvard University.
Has the SF arena ever produced a more widely respected public intellectual than Ursula K. Le Guin? The latest evidence of this is No Time to Spare , a collection of short essays originally published on the blog that she hesitantly began writing in Later on, though, she almost offhandedly offers stunning insights about various types of literature. She also suggests a synergy between utopia and dystopia, which echoes something similar.