Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations

About the Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K Le Guin published twenty two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN Malamud, etc Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls She lived in Portland, Orego

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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • English
  • 14 January 2017
  • 9781612197791

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview: and Other ConversationsUrsula K Le Guin Was One Of Our Most Imaginative Writers, A Radical Thinker, And A Feminist Icon The Interviews Collected Here Span 40 Years Of Her Pioneering And Prolific Career.When She Began Writing In The 1960s, Ursula K Le Guin Was As Much Of A Literary Outsider As One Can Be She Was A Woman Writing In A Landscape Dominated By Men, She Wrote Genre At A Time Where It Was Dismissed As Non Literary, And She Lived Out West, Far From Fashionable East Coast Literary Circles The Interviews Collected Here Covering Everything From Her Berkeley Childhood To Her Process Of World Building From Her Earliest Experiments With Genre To Envisioning The End Of Capitalism Highlight That Unique Perspective, Which Conjured Some Of The Most Prescient And Lasting Books In Modern Literature.

10 thoughts on “Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations

  1. Ksenia (vaenn) says:

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  2. Misha says:

    I keep reading essays by Le Guin and interviews with her as I enjoy spending time with this woman and her fine mind so much What wonderful company she continues to be.Some choice interview bits On what she wants her legacy to be Irreverence toward undeserved authority, and passionate respect for the power of the word Oh, and my books staying in print, too How she became a feminist in the early 1970s It was a real mind shift And I was a grown woman with kids And mothers of children were not welcome among a lot of early feminists I was living the bad dream I was a mommy You know there s always prejudice in a revolutionary movement I wasn t even sure I was welcome And I wasn t to some of those people It took a lot of thinking for me to find what kind of feminist I could be and why I wanted to be a feminist xv Isn t the real question this Is the work worth doing Am I, a human being, working for what I really need and want or for what the State or the advertisers tell me I want Do I choose I think that s what anarchism comes d...

  3. Sirana says:

    Everything Le Guin says is wonderful and some of the questions are intelligent A bit short, though

  4. Lillian Carlsness-Clayton says:

    The main focus of this book is to gain a deeper understanding for the writer Ursula K Le Guin, her works, and overall philosophy and thinking behind writing as a whole Written by Le Guin herself, it is a collection of interviews and conversations that touch on all kinds of things, from the books she wrote all the way to why she is a writer It gets into the weeds of her early years writing, the difficulties in the beginning due to the fact that it was male dominated field and that the genre of science fiction and fantasy was considered lesser Personally, reading the conversation during the interviews is quite entertaining, but because it is not written in a common biography style, so you do not get a very personal feel from the author because it is mostly dialogue But, you could argue that because it is quoting her verbatim, there is a personalized feel and the reader gains a better understanding of Le Guin as a whole So I suppose it is a matter of perspective I agree with the latter For example, I always wrote And I was so arrogant I didn t even say I wanted to be a writer I thought to myself I am a writer This was her answer to a question asking when she first felt she was a writer...

  5. Dan Trefethen says:

    Ever since Ursula Le Guin died a year ago, I ve gone back to some of her work Interestingly enough, I ve been reading a fair amount of non fiction This past year was a good year for that, with a number of books, including this one.This is a part of The Last Interview series that this publisher does It actually contains a number of interviews, from 1977 to last year the true last interview It was interesting to see her comment on her own work over time, and on how things have changed in fifty years since she published her earlier work.This is a short book and is of interest mostly to people who are already familiar with her work It has some interviews that would probably be hard to find otherwise However, a larger and important non fiction collection appeared last year Dreams Must Explain Themselves , a compendium of essays she wrote over her life, including key essays that influenced how people read science fiction and fantasy, including me It also contains her 2014 National Book Foundation award speech that burned down the house, which alone is worth the price of the book If you haven t seen it, go to YouTube and look for Ursula Le Guin National Book Award Every time I watch that I say Boy, do I miss her Insider scoop This October, look for a biographical film, The Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin , on PBS American Masters series I saw a preview a few months ago.A national book award and an American Masters show Maybe ...

  6. Warren Rochelle says:

    A book of last interviews, and the last one, THE last one, in the summer of 2017, before Le Guin s death in 2018 yes, please read,As I write this, I am thinking this was one last time to listen in on the ruminations of one amazing and wonderful and creative mind, as she pondered questions about her work, her thoughts on the craft of writing, on her fictional universes, and I wish I could do so again Reading her work, studying her fiction, changed my life I am so lucky to have met Ursula K Le Guin and I told her just that.Highly recommended.Bonus a footnote telling the reader that one last Earthsea story, Firelight, was published in the Summer 2018 Paris Review, 6 months after Le Guin s death David Streitfeld, the editor of The Last Interview, and the man who interviewed the last time, says Firelight is a moving account of of Ged s dying, with Tenar by his side 161 I can t wait to read it and am...

  7. Sam Anderson says:

    Some of the interviews, the earlier ones especially, are a little too focused on the mechanics of her stories and her early life, but a few and especially The Last are truly charming and insightful A quick read, a light one, and I think one I ll return to the juicy parts of again soon.

  8. Lina says:

    Neat collection of interviews from 1977 up to 2018 with one of my favourite authors, including the titular Last Interview I liked Streitfeld s introduction and interview the best I think, but one or two of the others were almost a bit awkward A great quick read if you re a fan of Le Guin

  9. Stas says:

    An immensely pleasurable read The Gallaher interview is the one I didn t care for, AT ALL This is a personal preference There is no dialogue, only text Can t really hear Le Guin s voice in there Definitely recomened

  10. Achab_ says:

    It s always a pleasure reading Ursula Le Guin s witty interview answers Even though some of the first interviews collected in this book felt a bit repetitive.