No Time to Spare

No Time to Spare

Thinking About What Matters

Book - 2017
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"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 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"--
Publisher: Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
ISBN: 9781328661593
Branch Call Number: 814.54 L5273N 2017
Characteristics: xx, 215 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Fowler, Karen Joy


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Jul 03, 2020

A curated compilation of writings from her blog, No Time to Spare is a peek into the mind of Ursula Le Guin. As a curated piece, there are some I loved more than others. But mostly, it is the artists herself I love. I am astounded at the way her brain ticks, what she analyzes and how she sees the world. I resonate deeply with a view that has been often seen as odd. Ursula has given me the great gift of knowing that there is a path for me, one of my own making and one where I stand bravely in my authentic self. I just don't foresee tiring of reading her words.

JCLAmyF Dec 28, 2018

A window into the day-to-day thoughts of my favorite author.

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.

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.

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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