No Time to Spare

No Time to Spare

Thinking About What Matters

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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 took readers to imaginary worlds for decades. In her last great frontier of life, old age, she explored a new literary territory: the blog, a forum where she shined. The collected best of Ursula’s blog, No Time to Spare presents perfectly crystallized dispatches on what mattered to her late in life, her concerns with the world, and her wonder at it: “How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.”

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


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"--

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& Taylor

Drawing on her blog, the author shares a collection of thoughts on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation.
"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" --
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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dirtbag
Sep 28, 2018

Why do so many of the comments say she is remarkable because she started a blog in her 80's? Doesn't that devalue her previous work? Is that a subtle form of ageism? Why couldn't it be normal for a person to start a blog in her 80's? Personally, I enjoyed this book but don't think it is remarkable in any way.

DBRL_IdaF Jul 25, 2018

Some final words from one of my favorite authors. These essays were taken from blog posts, so they are more conversational than most of Le Guin's writing. I enjoyed the feeling of having a chat with her. This is perfect lunchtime reading, as you can finish any single essay in a short sitting. Thoughts on how children learn, observations of wildlife, a beautiful description of a food bank.

JessicaGma Jun 08, 2018

Kind of great, although I skipped the cat entries. It's a fun read, and as many have said, well done for a lady in her 80s who began a blog.

ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 21, 2018

In her 80's, Le Guin shares her thoughts on old age, feminism, literary prizes, her cat, and more. You'll enjoy her descriptions of Oregon's eastern high desert and her meditations on cats, both wild and domestic.

DBRL_ReginaF Feb 20, 2018

It's hard not to love someone who began writing a blog in her eighties.

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GummiGirl
Feb 01, 2018

Some of these essays are about her writing career, but many are just about ordinary life.

TSCPL_Miranda 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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