Ursula K. Le Guin on the false dichotomy between genre fiction and literary fiction and the endless, meaningless debate over which is better to read: Le Guin’s Hypothesis | Book View Cafe Blog.
If you’re one of those people who never reads genre fiction, you should read Ursula K. Le Guin. She is a better writer than almost anyone I can think of in either realm.
What happens when dystopias become popular and thus apolitical? Some interesting thoughts here: The Political Problem With Dystopias | crunchingsandmunchings.
Wondering just how popular dystopias are now? Check out this infographic from GoodReads.
I find it depressing that so many people who want to write can’t be bothered to read.
The Millions : Teaching the ‘Law and Order’ Short Story.
Amazon recently posted a dubious list of 100 books to read in a lifetime.
I just found this antidote on the Millions, which I love.
What would you add to the list?
Uncertainty is where things happen. It is where the opportunities — for success, for happiness, for really living — are waiting.
So many inspirational quotes here, you have to check out the whole article: Stop Making Plans: How Goal-Setting Limits Rather Than Begets Our Happiness and Success | Brain Pickings.
I stumbled across this terrific essay that questions a lot of societal norms, including the pursuit of happiness, the idealized life, and the “dysfunction” of the creative mind. Here’s a tidbit:
Many of the people who have made the biggest contributions to our collective history—intellectuals, researchers, composers, writers, artists, and so on—have lived lives that, from the outside, seem fairly pathological. They have often been deeply solitary, have had trouble forming enduring relationships, have been consumed by their projects to the point of obsession, have plunged into the depths of despair, have doubted and disparaged themselves, and have had to endure the coldness and sharpness of the world\’s judgment. Yet who is to say that these lives are somehow less poignant than those that seem more wholesome?
The whole essay is worth a read and some thoughtful consideration: Happiness and Its Discontents – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.
It seems like we are exposed to nearly eleventy-billion articles every day about how the Twitter, e-books, iPhones, Google Glass or some other new-fangled thing means certain societal doom. It’s hard to believe that we didn’t invent this kind of senseless, panicked fear-mongering about new technologies in our modern technological age. No, fear of the new has been with us since Plato and the invention of writing. Click over to see a great timeline: These New-Fangled Books Will Doom Us All! | Tor.com.
January is International Creativity Month, apparently. Creativity = play. Let’s all take some time to play today, and every day.
Quote from Tracing Echoes: Quotes I Love: Creativity Quotes, where there are a bunch more to inspire you.
Last night, my husband and I instituted reading night. We didn’t turn on the TV, and instead read and listened to music during that time. I was worried I would be tired or sleepy to spend the entire evening reading, but I actually enjoyed it. I went to bed relaxed, and I made a good dent in the book I’m reading. It’s easy to get in a rut and just turn on the TV every night. I hope we’re able to keep up reading night, and maybe we’ll also add a game night to the week.