Ursula K. Le Guin, a science fiction author venerated for her poignant diction, gender-bending characters and eerily accurate speculations about politics and technology, was honored for her life's work at the 2014 National Book Awards. Her acceptance...
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20 November 2014
What an incredible speech. Every teacher of literacy, literature, and informational reading should watch this video! And, that's coming from someone who is not fond of those who tell me what I "must" watch or "must" read.
There is much more to this six minute speech than is excerpted in the text of the article. And, I think it is well-worth the six-minute investment.
Whether it is Le Guin's defense of Sci Fi as a legitimate literary genre or her condemnation of the power of the publishing and marketing industry, or the fact that she makes an extremely disturbing, yet thought-provoking suggestion referencing the selling of slaves down the river, the question I could not help but hear "between the lines" is,
"What are we, the deliverers of literary education, NOT doing that is unconscionable?"
There are too many incredible quotes to choose as a favorite. However, as a tease, I'll offer this one...
"We need writers who know the difference between the production of a commodity and the practice of an art."
I couldn't help but wonder if there's a place for a new literary term to apply to the forces of the current publishing industry's undue influence upon the writer's art.
"Pre-Bowdlerize:" To pre-empt writers' ability to get anything published that might be found objectionable by those who might have otherwise purchased the book.
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