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

  • Ken-ichi
    Sep 02, 2018
    A wonderful little set of ephemera from Le Guin's blog that will please her admirers (like me). I haven't read any of her non-fiction, so I welcomed the change to meet Ursula the Naturalist, Ursula the Literary Critic, Ursula the Elder, Ursula the Cat Companion. Basically Ursula the Pe...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Liz
    Aug 30, 2018
    I am still learning what kinds of books I like to listen to. What I discovered is that essays don?t cut it with me. I could not stay focused. Parts I was able to concentrate on seemed decent with some good points. But just not my style. Returned to audible. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    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...
  • Sebastien Castell
    Sep 21, 2018
    I?m going to do a lousy job of reviewing Le Guin?s book of essays on aging, literature, politics, and cats. The problem is that I have almost no reaction to the substance of the work, and yet was enthralled by the words. If adoring the prose while being entirely unimpressed by the ...
  • 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...
  • Nicholas Kotar
    Nov 12, 2018
    THIS is what a blog is supposed to be. Ursula le Guin, having lived a good, long life, can ramble wisely on almost anything. And it's wonderful. There are some things that I found myself disagreeing with vehemently. But that's ok. It's still wonderful prose. The post about swear...
  • Beth
    May 05, 2018
    This is the third essay collection I've read in the last couple of years, and it is, by far, the best. The other essayists were younger by decades, which probably had something to do with it. No Time to Spare is arranged loosely by theme into four sections, with some charming entrie...
  • Arielle Walker
    Jan 06, 2019
    Even in bite-sized, blog-post-style essaylite musings, Ursula Le Guin is a genius. ...
  • 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...
  • Ginger Bensman
    Feb 03, 2019
    How is it that I?m just discovering Ursula Le Guin? And why oh why, did it take me so long, when my children grew up loving her Earthsea books and I knew she was there all along? No Time To Spare is comprised of 14 of Le Guin?s essays that cover a range of topics from her thoug...
  • 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...
  • Michael Perkins
    Feb 20, 2019
    The book is a compilation of short selections from a blog she kept in the final decade of her life. Some interesting insights, but an expansion of some of these themes into maybe short essays would have been more satisfying. ===================== Ursula Le Guin is incredibly sma...
  • Ted Morgan
    Dec 22, 2017
    A lovely rambling and ruminating but uneven collection of observations. Fun to read. ...
  • Laurie
    May 25, 2018
    These are a different kind of essay because they originally were blog posts. They are not arranged chronologically but by topic, sort of. Each section has a title but I wasn't always aware of the connection of some of the essays within a section. But it didn't matter. I loved the ones ...
  • Brendan Monroe
    Feb 16, 2019
    I've never read anything by Ursula K. Le Guin but saw this one on sale so figured I'd start. What I didn't know at that time is that this is really a collection of blog posts about Le Guin's thoughts on everything from politics and modern society to aging and literature. Le Guin is...
  • Nancy
    Oct 21, 2018
    I'm strangely on an Ursula K. Le Guin kick - which is fine by me! I mostly enjoyed this collection of blog posts/essays by Le Guin. There was a good variety, from deep questions about our current political climate, to anecdotes about her silly cat. Some of the essays were very prosaic ...
  • Susanna Sturgis
    Sep 22, 2018
    I love this book. In a way that's not surprising: for years -- decades! -- I've been dipping in and out of her earlier essay collections The Language of the Night and Dancing at the Edge of the World and her astonishing novel Always Coming Home. Her writing book, Steering the Craft, is...
  • 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...