No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters (Hardcover)

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By Ursula K. Le Guin, Karen Joy Fowler (Introduction by)
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As she reflects on her life, Ursula K. Le Guin takes readers through a series of meditations on what actions, ideas, and pleasures might truly matter. No Time to Spare is direct, full of her humor and acerbic wit. Her topics include explorations into respect and how neither "the geezers" nor "the twerps" know how to relate to one another anymore, as well as records of her new cat's reckless adventures. Each offering in this diverse collection presents a strange sort of comfort: in life we have no time to spare—we are all moving towards our ends—but how wonderful the choices we have at hand while we live it. -Justus

— From Winter Gazette 2017


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781328661593
ISBN-10: 1328661598
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: December 5th, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English