No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters

No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters

by Ursula K. Le Guin, Karen Joy Fowler

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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 the 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.”

“The pages sparkle with lines that make a reader glance up, searching for an available ear with which to share them.” — Melissa Febos, New York Times Book Review
“Witty . . . deeply observed.” — USA Today
 “A book that truly does matter.” — Houston Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328661036
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 6,550
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

URSULA K. LE GUIN is the recipient of a National Book Award, six Hugo and five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

URSULA K. LE GUIN was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929, and passed away in Portland, Oregon, in 2018. She published over sixty books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature, and translation. She was the recipient of a National Book Award, six Hugo and five Nebula awards, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

KAREN JOY FOWLER is the author of six novels and four short story collections, including We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and Black Glass. She is the winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, and has won numerous Nebula and World Fantasy Awards.


Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

October 21, 1929

Place of Birth:

Berkeley, California


B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952

Table of Contents

Introduction Karen Joy Fowler xiii

A Note at the Beginning xix

Part 1 Going Over Eighty

In Your Spare Time 3

The Sissy Strikes Back 8

The Diminished Thing 12

Catching Up, Ha Ha 18

The Annals Of Pard

Choosing a Cat 23

Chosen by a Cat 29

Part 2 The Lit Biz Would You Please Fucking Stop? 35

Readers' Questions 39

Kids' Letters 44

Having My Cake 48

Papa H 53

A Much-Needed Literary Award 59

TGAN and TGOW 63

TGAN Again 69

The Narrative Gift as a Moral Conundrum 74

It Doesn't Have to Be the Way It Is 80

Utopiyin, Utopiyang 85

The Annals Of Pard

The Trouble 91

Pard and the Time Machine 95

Part 3 Trying To Make Sense Of It

A Band of Brothers, a Stream of Sisters 101

Exorcists 105

Uniforms 107

Clinging Desperately to a Metaphor 111

Lying It All Away 115

The Inner Child and the Nude Politician 120

A Modest Proposal: Vegempathy 128

Belief in Belief 131

About Anger 136

The Annals Of Pard

An Unfinished Education 147

An Unfinished Education, Continued 150

Doggerel for My Cat 154

Part 4 Rewards

The Circling Stars, the Sea Surrounding: Philip Glass and John Luther Adams 159

Rehearsal 164

Someone Named Delores 166

Without Egg 173

Notre-Dame de la Faim 179

The Tree 184

The Horsies Upstairs 188

First Contact 197

The Lynx 201

Notes from a Week at a Ranch in the Oregon High Desert 210

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