The Wave in the Mind: Talks & Essays on the Writer, the Reader & the Imagination

The Wave in the Mind Talks Essays on the Writer the Reader the Imagination Join Ursula K Le Guin as she explores a broad array of subjects ranging from Tolstoy Twain and Tolkien to women s shoes beauty and family life With her customary wit intelligence and literary c

  • Title: The Wave in the Mind: Talks & Essays on the Writer, the Reader & the Imagination
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ISBN: 9781590300060
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Join Ursula K Le Guin as she explores a broad array of subjects, ranging from Tolstoy, Twain, and Tolkien to women s shoes, beauty, and family life With her customary wit, intelligence, and literary craftsmanship, she offers a diverse and highly engaging set of readings The Wave in the Mind includes some of Le Guin s finest literary criticism, rare autobiographical wriJoin Ursula K Le Guin as she explores a broad array of subjects, ranging from Tolstoy, Twain, and Tolkien to women s shoes, beauty, and family life With her customary wit, intelligence, and literary craftsmanship, she offers a diverse and highly engaging set of readings The Wave in the Mind includes some of Le Guin s finest literary criticism, rare autobiographical writings, performance art pieces, and, most centrally, her reflections on the arts of writing and reading.

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    1. Recently I’ve been working on a novel, wrote like the wind for two weeks. Then it stopped. Busy-ness interfered. This morning, to break the block, I lay on the couch at nine a.m. something I do not allow myself to do on a bright spring workday full of energy and ideas. Determined to do nothing unless the novel resurrect. What made me stop the flow? Some slight or silent criticism perhaps, the Easter Retreat, worry about money, wrinkles, the cat. Doesn’t matter – to an author any excuse wil [...]

    2. Five essays stand out: "Being Taken for Granite""Things Not Actually Present""Rhythmic Pattern in Lord of the Rings""Fact and/or/plus Fiction""Unquestioned Assumptions"This is a REALLY important book to read. :)

    3. Ursula K. Le Guin’in yalnızca Mülksüzler kitabını okumuş ve onun hakkında kulaktan dolma birkaç şey dışında pek bilgisi olmayan biri olarak Zihinde Bir Dalga’yı okumaya başladım. Kitabı bitirdiğim şu sıralar ise kendisine duyduğum hayranlık ve saygıyla dopdoluyum.Zihnimde dalgalar yaratan, ufkumu açan, yeni düşünceler katan ve beni yeni okumalara yönlendiren bir kitap oldu. Okur olan yazar olan ya da okuryazarlığın merkezinde yer alan siz sevgili arkadaşlara bu [...]

    4. One of my bedtime reads, mostly very good. A few of the essays were a little boring because a little too technical on the hows and whys of writing.

    5. Although I'm not usually drawn to collections of essays, I couldn't pass up this one by Le Guin; she has been a favorite of mine ever since I first read the Earthsea books in middle school. Her writing here (as always) is beautiful, never tedious. All the essays were arresting in one way or another; some were deeply inspiring. Her discussions of her own writing process were fascinating. As a whole, this book helped reinforce my respect for Le Guin as an artist and a master of her craft. It left [...]

    6. Para mí Contar es escuchar ha sido como si una voz familiar y lejana te contara cosas que ya sentías pero que no sabías explicar, que no sabías expresar en palabras, al mismo tiempo que te pone la mano en el hombro como diciendo: "¡No estás sola! A mí también se me da mejor pensar escribiendo y no hablando, a mí también me surgieron todas estas preguntas sobre lo que hago". Un libro para toda la vida. Gracias por toda la sabiduría, Maestra. <3

    7. biraz Ursula hanımın kendi kendine konuşmalarına kulak misafiri oldum, biraz da bir yazar bir yazıyı nasıl yaratır onu öğrendim. yazarlarla sohbet etmeyi seviyorsanız mutlaka okuyun derim.

    8. I started a read-all-the-Le Guin-I've-never-read kick a couple of months ago in order to feel good about my presence on a The Works of Le Guin panel at Worldcon. The panel is over. I'm still reading. This book is less focused than the magnificent Steering the Craft. There are pieces on writing, but also speeches and notes and random essays donated to various projects. They're all worth a read. Le Guin's thoughts on aging and being a woman and being a human and being an island are as prescient an [...]

    9. 5 yıldız verip torpil geçtiğimi düşünmeyin lütfen. Okuduğunuzda göreceksiniz ki Ursula hemen hemen her cümlesi ile kapılar pencereler açıyor. Sizi gökyüzüne, ormana, denize uzun uzun bakıp ben ne yapıyorum ben ne düşünüyorum ben nasıl yaşıyorum diye sordurtuyor. Özellikle hayal etmek üzerine söyledikleri. Kitap 292 sayfa ve akıcı gibi görünse de bitirmem(kitaba uzun zamanlar ayırmama rağmen) geç oldu çünkü çoğu cümlenin altını çizip tekrar tekrar not [...]

    10. Every time I read something by LeGuin, I wish I could just sit down with her, drink some tea, and talk story. She blows my mind.

    11. One of the best books about writing I have ever read.Essential reading for all writers: "The Operating Instructions", "'A War Without End'", "Telling is Listening", "Unquestioned Assumptions", "A Matter of Trust", "The Question I Get Asked Most Often", and "The Writer and the Character".Other essays which are particularly fascinating/illuminating: "My Libraries", "Rhythmic Pattern in The Lord of the Rings", "On the Frontier", "Off the Page: Loud Cows—A Talk and a Poem about Reading Aloud", "Fa [...]

    12. Thoughtful, profound and inspiring. I found Le Guin's voice to be refreshing, present and ever so relevant in today's society for authors and readers alike. Topics explored include (but not limited to): imagination, life, society, oppression, feminism, reading and writing. Le Guin's progressive and well thought-out perspectives and critiques are insightful, honest, delightful and empowering to read. Highly recommended for those who is after an interesting, inspiring and provocative read.

    13. Esta es una traducción del libro de ensayos The Wave in the mind, publicado en 2004. La mayoría de ensayos se corresponden al periodo de los años 90. Algunos escritos están desarrollados a partir de notas más antiguas, o rescatados de charlas. Hay cuatro grandes bloques dentro del libro: cuestiones personales, lecturas, discusiones y opiniones y sobre la escritura. El primer bloque es un poco más intimista y personal, donde Le Guin habla sobre su infancia y su vida en general, además de r [...]

    14. Unlike many readers, I have come to reading science fiction and fantasy decades after devouring all kinds of mysteries, literary fiction from many countries, Canadian literature (novels, poems, children's books, histories, political analysis and especially, short stories), and assorted other interests. Initially it was because I found so much of the so-called science fiction writing to be 2-D, filled with metallic gadgets, stick figure archetypes and stilted dialogue, with futuristic premises so [...]

    15. One of the best books I've ever read- well, in general, but particularly related to books, reading, writing, etc. I spent so much time with this, just thinking, thinking, thinking.Note:I LOVE URSULA K LE GUIN WITH THE FIRE OF A THOUSAND SUNS. Ahem. So. On to my favorite things about this book:-UKLG's quietly sure-footed feminism throughout-Her intolerance of ego, particularly ego of the white male ivy league variety-Her refusal to accept that there is a right way to read, to think, to express, a [...]

    16. Ursula LeGuin strikes me as the kind of woman it would be fascinating to have a chance to chat with. Her writing here is personal, personable, at times witty, and always wise.

    17. I think the thought I liked the most that Le Guin mentions in some of these essays, is the idea that a writer needs to find the rhythm in their prose, and that opens up everything. The idea came from something she read by Virginia Woolf, and its I had never thought about, consciously anyway, because I have always thought that once you get into the flow of a book, and a writing style, then you're in, and you enjoy the writers style and story. And I do think it is something truly different from wr [...]

    18. i loved these essays. savored them. read a few. skipped around. chewed on them. let them wash over me. they warrant reading again. delving in. pondering. And I suppose they appeal to me, because Le Guin says, "I did it in writing because I think best in writing." and I can so relate to that. My favorite essay was Fact and/or/plus Fiction on the distinction between fiction & nonfiction and the role of memory and how a writer's experiences provide the compost for what she writes. She says, "Me [...]

    19. This collection of all kinds of short essays and writings covers a lot of ground: autobiography, history, reviews, commentary, writing advice, unclassifiable miscellany. It feels almost like a journal or collection of old notebooks that you might stumble upon in a box beside the writer's desk. And I mean that as a good thing for the most part. The book feels like hanging out with the writer as she daydreams and wonders and offers some things she happens to know a lot about. If it weren't for the [...]

    20. An inspiring collection of essays on reading, writing, and social justice — Le Guin's geeky, syllable-counting fascination with the rhythm of writing, thoughtful point of view, love of storytelling, and audible passion for her craft becomes infectious. Under her tutelage, the decision to sit at the keyboard and write, even on a beckoning sunny day, seems perfectly rational, fun and undeniable.Le Guin discusses and admires the works of authors including: Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse), Jane [...]

    21. An amazing collection of essays by Ursula K. Le Guin that offers a glance into her formidable knowledge and fascinating personal history. The fact she was raised by anthropologists explains a lot about the way she sees the world and her interest in human society as a construct.Voracious consumer of literature, unabashed feminist and unapologetic in her defence of fantasy and science fiction, she flies through subjects as diverse as primitivism, beauty, genetic determinism, Tolstoi and Tolkien. A [...]

    22. I haven't read much of Ms Le Guin's fiction yet, though after this I certainly have a lot of respect for her and for the way she thinks. I liked most of the essays in this collection, especially "Dogs, Cats, and Dancers: Thoughts About Beauty", though I was frustrated with her gender-related essays. They tended to focus exclusively on cisgendered men and women, when there's so much more to gender than that. Considering Ms Le Guin is the author of one of the more interesting fictional accounts of [...]

    23. This little gem wandered over to me thanks to Brain Pickings and boy, am I ever glad it did. What a treasure! Le Guin is an absolutely fabulous writer and has some gorgeous essays here. She is a study in eloquence and brevity and her treatises on writing and reading should be required for any aspiring authors. My favorite parts, however, where the biographical essays and her thoughts on political issues, including gender in just about everything, the problem of representation in art (there's not [...]

    24. Can I say that I've been waiting for this book my whole life? I've admired LeGuin as a SciFi writer for many years, but this book has shown me a whole other side of her -- a deep intellect, knowledgeable in a broad range of subjects, a voracious reader, and thoughtful critic, who is concerned with equality and feminism (and too many other subjects to mention here). She is at heart a writer, and it's wonderful to see her intellect focused on the beauty and power of fiction, and what it means (and [...]

    25. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of essays. Le Guin has a brilliant mind and has really some wonderful insights. Her feelings about libraries mirror my own, and I felt right at home with her as I read it. This is a great book!

    26. I really like Ursula Le Guin but the essays here really didn't . . . work. There's serious thinking, but only about as much serious thinking as goes into the first draft of a thing.

    27. 3.5. This collection is hard to rate because it was uneven for me. Some essays are 5+ stars, but others are 2, but more because I had no interest in her topics in those. However, even her less-fascinating chapters are well-written, so I could never give any just 1 star Essays that were simply fabulous:All essays in the Personal Matters section; All Happy Families; Fact and/or/plus Fiction; About Feet; Dogs, Cats, and Dancers: Thoughts about Beauty*; Telling is Listening*; The Operating Instructi [...]

    28. My heart feels heavy writing this, given Urusla Le Guin has just passed away. An essayist I love, Rebecca Solnit, once wrote: "Books are solitudes in which we meet." And I feel that here, especially with essays. I learned a lot about Le Guin through The Dispossessed, Left Hand of Darkness, etc. But her essays were so much more intimate and personal. It's odd to think that I went on an intimate journey into her thoughts just days before her passing, read her talk about the streets of my city, her [...]

    29. I loved this book! I haven't read any novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, but after this beautiful collection of essays by the author, I am really looking forward to read her other works. She has a simple yet incredible style, something which penetrates the heart of its readers. In the first chapter itself entitled "Introducing Myself," she is at her best, attacking the prevalent patriarchy of the current time with fierce wit. She writes,I am a man. Now you may think I've made some kind of silly mistake [...]

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