«The wild thinking»
Authors: Ursula K. Le Guin - pronounced anarchist, feminist, visionary and prophet.
Arwen Curry's award-winning Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin has been shown this summer PBS, in the fall at the café cinema Vester Vov Vov in Copenhagen, and in November it was possible to see the documentary at the IDFA festival in Amsterdam. It will be shown in Berlin, Bilbao and Amsterdam in December.
Many of Le Guin's (1929 – 2018) books have been placed in fantasy and science fiction, and she was one of America's foremost writers. Like Jules Verne, she described worlds to come, but not robots or machines, but about everyday magic, magic that is built into language and our interactions. Just as Verne predicted trips to the moon and other technological advancements, Le Guin - who was an outspoken anarchist and freedom activist - foresaw the disasters of the West: xenophobia, ecological devastation - and she predicted the fall of capitalism. Born in 1929, she experienced the best and worst of US history. Her books always took the party of the oppressed, she gave a voice to transsexuals, to lonely teens, to blacks, to the urinals.
She was the daughter of two important anthropologists, Alfred and Theodora Kroeber, and followed them in their fieldwork among California's rugged landscapes, sacred to many Indigenous Americans, and to Peru and Mexico. Among other things, Alfred Kroeber researched on Ishi, the last member of the Yahi tribe, who had been decimated by genocide and disease transmitted through contact with the colonists. Through Ishi, Kroeber learned a great deal about the American urinals, their habits and fairy tales.
In 1989 I met Ursula K. The Guin in Gothenburg, and we talked about The Dispossessed (1974), which came to affect many of my generation. It was read like a new one On the Road and became as important as Kerouac's novel. In the same way as
beat generation perceived the possibility of driving on long freeways was a metaphor for freedom and self-seeking, became The Dispossessed a new boundary to go beyond.
The novel received both the Hugo and Nebula Prize - the two…
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