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Reading Ursula Le Guin

Cleaning up my office today, now that it’s cool enough to move again. Found this piece I wrote about Ursula Le Guin’s influence on my writing (perhaps ‘my thinking’ is more accurate), for the NSW Writers Centre magazine’s ‘Writer on Writer’ column. A couple of people asked for it, so I thought I’d share it here. [pdf]

It’s rare to have the opportunity to write about reading and books in a non-review context, as a fan of books and as a human being (as opposed to a “critic”). So it was a real treat to be able to write about someone whose work has been so important to me, who has made the horizon of the impossible shiver and dissolve. A fantastic excuse to reread The Dispossessed, too. In my post-book intellectual flailing – think of a spider loosing the beginnings of a web to the wind – I am almost tempted to begin a series of essays…

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  1. jessi wrote:

    aaaah Ursula! there’s a song in that. reading your article reminded me of The Language of the Night and this:
    “There should be a word – ‘maturismo’, like ‘machismo’ – for the anxious savagery of the intellectual who thinks his adulthood has been impugned”.

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