Ursula Le Guin’s Passing

Rod Walker appreciates Jeffro Johnson’s take on the death of Ursula Le Guin. Central quote:

“Regardless of your opinion of Christianity and the various Pagan peoples, you have to admit… it’s an astonishingly rich dialog replete with some of the most inspiring imagery mankind has yet produced. Le Guin, however, did not make a career out of working with these materials to produce something new. She subverted them. She used them as fodder for an ideology amounts to little more than intellectualized resentment.”

And also this:

“How can it possibly be an innovation when someone comes along and takes a genre synonymous with thrills and adventure… only to drain it dry of anything that smacks of heroism. This is absolutely bizarre to me. I mean I honestly don’t get it.”

RW agrees with this assessment. He tried several times to read Le Guin’s books, and simply could never get into them for reasons he could not articulate at the time. RW doesn’t wish to speak ill of the dead – they face a far higher Judge than any on earth – but Jeffro Johnson’s post does neatly articulate why RW could never get into Le Guin’s books.

2 Comments on “Ursula Le Guin’s Passing”

  1. What was valued in Mrs. Le Guin’s books was not the excellencies of storytelling (which were real) but the ideology of their creatrix. It was inevitable that, as Le Guin’s career grew, the former would languish. “What you feed will grow.” Only Octavia Butler is more a Queen of Marxist Establishment orthodoxy.


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