Morning Coffee – 24 January 2018

Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  1. New eText program lightens students’ load, fattens wallet (The Badger Herald)
  2. I Copied the Routines of Famous Writers and It Sucked (Vice)
  3. The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin (New Yorker)
  4. A very good reason not to use ‘very’ (CJR)

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  1. John24 January, 2018

    Ursula K. LeGuin (RIP); Read hundreds of SF novels and LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness is easily in the top ten, an outstanding writer. Her Earthsea fantasy trilogy is, in my humble opinion, a superior work of fiction than Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings. Also check out her “A Very Long Way from Anywhere Else, a little literary gem of young adult fiction.

    The New Yorker article on LeGuin is ok and very “New Yorker-ish”, kind of a puff piece. LeGuin’s little rant on the current publishing scene and publishing trends in her speech are just plain silly. Authors have never been more free to write what they want and get it before an audience, they don’t even need an agent or publishing deal anymore. The subtext of her speech I read as simply an annoyance and irritation that legacy publishing is dying and that the internet and Amazon etc. has rendered the old gate keepers of what gets published and what doesn’t as powerless and irrelevant, just as it has in so many other “old media” institutions.

    Fun facts; Ursula K. LeGuin and Philip K Dick were in the same graduating year at Berkeley High School, though they didn’t know each other at the time and LeGuin’s novel The Lathe of Heaven is an homage to Dick whom she admired, and vice versa.

  2. roberto28 January, 2018

    Thank you for these insights! I´m with you regarding Earthsee, though I believe the question of superiority over LOTR (or anything else) depends on the age and mindset of the reader when they are introduced with these works…


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