No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters

No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters

No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters

No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters


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2018 Hugo Award Winner for Best Related Work
2018 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay Winner

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.

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 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 online writing, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her unceasing 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-13: 9781328661593
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 489,271
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Among her honors are a National Book Award, five 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.


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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