No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, and with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, 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 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: t From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, and with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, a collection of thoughts...

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Title:No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters
Author:Ursula K. Le Guin
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1328661598
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:215 pages pages

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters Reviews

  • Nikki
    Mar 19, 2018
    All the time while I read this, a few weeks ago, I found myself wondering how much longer we?d have Ursula Le Guin. I wonder if the title, No Time to Spare, was intended to be so on the nose. It?s a wonderful collection, full of Le Guin?s personality: her thoughts on ageing, on g...
  • David Schaafsma
    Jan 28, 2018
    RIP, January 22, 2018 https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/01... Kids used to have a whole lot of spare time, middle-class kids anyhow. Outside of school and if they weren?t into a sport, most of their time was spare, and they figured out more or less successfully what to do with...
  • Kerri Anne
    Jan 31, 2018
    This book is a gift, just like Le Guin herself was. I've long loved the honest and masterful way she strings words together, the way she weaves her stories, builds her worlds, lets her readers into the very fabric of her magic. But this collection of nonfiction essays, published in 201...
  • Jeff
    Dec 26, 2017
    Ms Le Guin, Thanks for all the words and ideas you shared. They made the world a better place. For most of my life i have read you, revered and recommended your work, and thought, "I bet i'd like knowing her for real." I will miss you. Many people will miss you. Cheers ...
  • Sophie
    Mar 10, 2018
    Started reading No Time to Spare in the jubilant cacophony of The Tailor in Amsterdam on Friday evening, and finished it in the merry euphony of DENF Coffee the next day. Her writing is, as always, both elegant and punchy. She goes straight to the heart of the matter and makes no ap...
  • Laurie
    Jan 07, 2018
    This is a collection of short essays that LeGuin originally put up on her blog. Basically they are short form essays, and the book is divided roughly into subjects that include aging, sexism, politics, morals, nature, religion, swearing, writing, and, in between, are the Annals of Pard...
  • Stefanie
    Mar 14, 2018
    These essays are a collection go LeGuin's blog posts from 2010 to 2016. They are not all of her blog posts and they are not organized in chronological order. Instead they are organized in a thematic manner like "Going Over Eighty" and "The Annals of Pard" (Pard is her cat). Sometimes f...
  • Cynthia
    Nov 20, 2017
    No Time to Spare is an odd gossipy book. As we expect from Le Guin it?s well written. It?s a mishmash of information based on her personal and writing life. She discusses the fan mail she receives and the awards she?s won. She also touches on current and paste pets and everyday l...
  • Tomislav
    Oct 30, 2017
    I received a kindle format version of this book at no cost, in return for promising to write an honest review. I am a long-time fan of Ursula LeGuin?s writing ? especially the books of the Hainish Cycle, so was actually quite pleased to have this opportunity to read and comment on ...
  • Richard Derus
    Feb 10, 2018
    Rating: 5* of five I have always had friends, good and close friends. They have always been of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. They have not infrequently cordially loathed each other. To me, each of them was, and mostly still is, a treasure and a boon and a blessing. A dear, dea...
  • Vivian
    Jan 30, 2018
    Insightful and incisive series of essays on everything from cats to the Sartre Refusal Prize. "If we insist in the real world the ultimate victor must be the good guy, we've sacrificed right to might." I had to read this quote several times to recognize the truth in the statemen...
  • Carol.
    Oct 27, 2017
    Ursula Le Guin is one of my heroes, in as much as I have them. Which is, to say, hardly at all, but her writing has often astounded me, literally impacting how I perceived the world. When I was a teen, The Left Hand of Darkness did more to challenge my conception of gender identity tha...
  • Diane S ☔
    Dec 08, 2017
    It has only been in the last several years that I have added essays into my already cumbersome reading repertoire. As a younger reader I was all about the books, prose and plot, not realizing how much of an author's own self goes into the writing of each and every book. I fell in love ...
  • Emily
    Mar 24, 2018
    Often when I pick up a memoir or nonfiction book by an author whose fiction I admire, I come away liking him or her even more. That was definitely the case with this collection of blog posts by Ursula Le Guin. It also makes me want to point out to all the fiction snobs who write off fa...
  • Tiffany Reisz
    Jan 20, 2018
    A great collection of Le Guin's blog posts. The star of the show is really Pard, her kitty. Highly enjoyed it but then again, I got it 50% off. I doubt I'd love it as much if I'd paid full price. ;) ...
  • Melanie
    Nov 29, 2017
    I expected essays picking up this book, but instead I got a series of random blog posts (or as I liked to call them by the end, "Ursula chats") where she talks about anything from being old, to her new cat, to writing and reading, the great American novel, shopping and so on. It fe...
  • Melora
    Feb 03, 2018
    I really enjoyed these short pieces ? blog posts ? on a variety of topics. They have a casual, friendly feeling about them, but also, almost always, a solid core of real thoughtfulness. Having just acquired a small black kitten, I particularly enjoyed the stories about her black ca...
  • Catie
    Mar 06, 2018
    "Respect has often been overenforced and almost universally misplaced (the poor must respect the rich, all women must respect all men, etc.). But when applied in moderation and with judgment, the social requirement of respectful behavior to others, by repressing aggression and requirin...
  • Suzy
    Mar 24, 2018
    I fell in love with Ursula K. Le Guin after reading this New Yorker profile of her and her life in late 2016! https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20... (I know, I know, I'm late to the party.) I had never read anything by her, just this one article about her . . . until this wonderful l...
  • Diane Barnes
    Dec 14, 2017
    Sometimes it's really nice to spend time with a truly intelligent woman. Her words speak for themselves. ...
  • Jeanne
    Apr 15, 2018
    I've read three of Ursula's Le Guin's books this year and the year's still young. I suspect that I will read others. Le Guin is primarily known for her writing in fantasy and science fiction. The first books of hers that I read as a teen were, of course, from these genres. Nonethele...
  • Peter Tillman
    Sep 18, 2017
    Short essays on many topics, all written in the past six or seven years. I particularly liked her cat stories ("Annals of Pard") and a dramatic rattlesnake encounter ("First Contact"), but they're all interesting. I'll probably reread the book sometime. Her choice of the title was p...
  • Beth Cato
    Nov 09, 2017
    I received a galley of this book via Netgalley. Le Guin's blog posts are gathered in this new book that is refreshing and packed with wisdom. With a gently acerbic voice, she confronts the silliness of denying one's age, discusses the time she refused a Nebula nomination, and muses ...
  • Ross Blocher
    Feb 22, 2018
    In "No Time to Spare", prolific author Ursula K. Le Guin has collected some 44 blog entries and published them together as a collection that examines aging, relationships, recognition, cats, nature, feminism, writing, cats, belief, society, childhood, and cats. The entries are dated bu...
  • Akylina
    Nov 03, 2017
    This collection of short essays (which were originally posted on Le Guin's blog) is an absolute treat not only for Ursula Le Guin's fans but for any reader who appreciates clever, funny and well-written opinion pieces. The book is divided in parts, each one of which is devoted to a spe...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 19, 2018
    4.5 ...
  • Janani
    Mar 17, 2018
    Such an interesting collection of blog posts by Ursula K. Le Guin. She talks about life, literature, family, her beloved cat Pard, fan mail, politics, aging, swearing, the ceremony of a soft boiled egg, and more. Delightful. I haven't really read anything else by her, but she's such a ...
  • Tamara Agha-Jaffar
    Mar 11, 2018
    No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin is a collection of blogs Le Guin wrote between the years of 2010-2016. The collection is selected and introduced by Karen Jay Fowler. Le Guin?s topics are wide-ranging and include the following: her lack of spare ...
  • Callibso
    Feb 04, 2018
    Als Ursula K. Le Guin vor zwei Wochen verstarb, dachte ich, dass ich jetzt unbedingt etwas von ihr lesen muss. Bcher von ihr haben mich seit vielen Jahren begleitet und als ich im letzten Jahr in Portland, Oregon war, hatte ich die Hoffnung eine Veranstaltung mit ihr besuchen zu kn...
  • Anna Kander
    Dec 15, 2017
    This is an eclectic collection of about forty blog posts by Ursula K. Le Guin, a trailblazing author of feminist science fiction/speculative fiction. She wrote the posts in her late 70s and into her 80s. She discusses getting older, capitalism, politics, religion, Homer, and her cat. S...