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October 17, 2016
by Dan
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The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin

Julie Phillips long profile of author Ursula K. Le Guin for The New Yorker is wonderful: Starting in the nineteen-eighties, [Le Guin] published some of her most accomplished work—fiction that was realist, magic realist, postmodernist, and sui generis. She wrote the Borgesian feminist parable “She … Continue reading

September 6, 2011
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Ursula K. Le Guin | Writers & Co.

Author Ursula K. Le Guin talks to Eleanor Wachtel about writing, science fiction and short stories in this archive interview for CBC Radio show Writers & Co. from 1993: CBC Radio Writers & Co: Ursula K. Le Guin  At the … Continue reading

February 4, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

A two-part interview with Chris Ware, author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth,  in The Comics Journal: I just wanted to make a comic book that had a bit of density to it, and build on the cartoonists … Continue reading

February 2, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Designers & Books — A beautiful new site compiling lists of books that designers identify as “personally important, meaningful, and formative.” Nice. Rules Are What Make You — Michael Bierut at Designer Observer on his modernist upbringing at Vignelli Associates: … Continue reading

December 14, 2009
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Monday Miscellany

Kitsune Noir Poster Club — Artists Frank Chimero, Mark Weaver, Jez Burrows, Cody Hoyt and Garrett Vander Leun reinterpret their favourite books as prints for Kitsune Noir . (Frank Chimero’s Slaughterhouse Five is pictured above). And on the subject of … Continue reading

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