Old white guys

I was lucky enough to be in the (standing-room only, and eventually closed-to-entry) crowd at Powell’s bookstore last night, to hear Ursula K. Le Guin talk about writing. She had a lot of good things to say, and, I was surprised to find, was a lot more cheery in person than her excellent but often somber novels. She had useful comments about listening to the ‘voice’ of your writing – literally listening to how it sounds aurally. What seems to have drawn the most Twitter attention, however, was a throwaway line at the very close of her talk: “Don’t let…

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