ursula le guin
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we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives.. see through our fear stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being
we will need writers who can remember freedom.. the realists of a larger reality
we need writers who know the difference between a production commodity and that of art
any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings..
the name of our beautiful reward is not profit.. it’s name is freedom
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as finishing up Chomsky‘s profit over people..
I don’t do messages. I write stories and poems. That’s all. What the story or the poem means to you — its “message” to you — may be entirely different from what it means to me.
The kids are often disappointed, even shocked. I think they see me as irresponsible. I know their teachers do.
They may be right. Maybe all writing, even literature, is not an end in itself but a means to an end other than itself. But I couldn’t write stories or poetry if I thought the true and central value of my work was in a message it carried, or in providing information or reassurance, offering wisdom, giving hope. Vast and noble as these goals are, they would decisively limit the scope of the work; they would interfere with its natural growth and cut it off from the mystery which is the deepest source of the vitality of art.
other readers may find other truths in it, different ones. They’re free to use the work in ways the author never intended.
A poem of the right shape will hold a thousand truths. But it doesn’t say any of them.
What my reader gets out of my pot is what she needs, and she knows her needs better than I do. My only wisdom is knowing how to make pots. Who am I to preach?
No matter how humble the spirit it’s offered in, a sermon is an act of aggression.
My job is to keep the meaning completely embodied in the work itself, and therefore
alive and capable of change.
I think that’s how an artist can best speak as a member of a moral community: clearly, yet
leaving around her words that area of silence, that empty space, in which other and further truths and perceptions can form in other minds.
Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (US /ˈɜrsələ ˈkroʊbər ləˈɡwɪn/; born October 21, 1929) is an American author of novels, children’s books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry and essays. First published in the 1960s, her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnography.
She influenced such Booker Prize winners and other writers as Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell – and notable futurism and fantasy writers including Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks. She has won the Hugo Award, Nebula Award,Locus Award, and World Fantasy Award, each more than once.