Novelist Ursula Le Guin, best known for her award-winning science fiction, died earlier this week.
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My homework was simply unable to win out against worn copies of The Fellowship of the Ring, Brave New World and Perelandra that I kept beside my desk as a kid. I read them on my lap in secret, with my hand clutching a forgotten pencil that absently scrawled black across my textbook. There are times when I feel my memories have been written by Lewis and Tolkien, I spent so much time in their worlds. I didn’t expect the affect those worlds would have.
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Poem of the Day: “After the Fire” by James Merrill, who died on this day in 1995…
“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” – Historian Barbara Tuchman, who died on this day in 1989
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Reviewed by Katherine Willis Pershey
Shortly after I finished reading The Age of Miracles, I found myself gushing about the book to a gathering of avid fiction readers. I was surprised by my own enthusiasm, to be honest. I liked the book well enough, despite its notable shortcomings. Karen Thompson Walker’s prose only occasionally sparkles, and the plot of the book isn’t necessarily gripping. But what it lacks in style it overcomes in concept, for as I urged my friends to track down copies of the book, I realized I was speaking almost exclusively about the brilliant, simple, and wildly compelling concept Walker dreamed up for her debut novel: the earth’s rotation slows down.
Today is the 50th Anniversary of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, which has to be one of the most significant books in my life. To begin with, I would have never met my wife if it were not for this book. In our next print issue (due out in late Februrary) I’ll be writing a short essay on why Madeleine’s work has been so important for me, and Kimberly Roth will be writing an essay on A Wrinkle in Time.
How has Wrinkle impacted your life? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments below… There’s a good chance we will include some in our print issue.