No Time to Spare

No Time to Spare

Thinking About What Matters

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From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, 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 on the absurdity of denying your age: “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 breakfast: “Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime.”


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 online writing, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her unceasing wonder at it: “How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.”


Baker & Taylor
"From 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 toimaginary 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 bestof 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" --

Baker
& Taylor

"From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, a collection of thoughts--always adroit, often acerbic--on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation"--
Drawing on her blog, the author shares a collection of thoughts on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation.
Drawing on her blog, the award-winning author shares a collection of thoughts on aging, belief, the state of literature and the state of the nation. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
ISBN: 9781328661593
1328661598
Branch Call Number: 814.54 L527n
Characteristics: 215 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Fowler, Karen Joy

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Miranda_Ericsson Jan 11, 2018

This was like reading letters that Le Guin wrote to me! Intimate, insightful, and memorable.

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Frankster1
Dec 29, 2017

Excellent essays (one even about Bend!) about growing older and life in the 21st century by an insightful author.

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