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Two Le Guin quotations


I see no reason not to use a journal as, among other things, a commonplace book.

So I'll quote two lines from Le Guin that I particularly like. First, from her Foreword to The Birthday of the World and Other Stories:

To create difference—to establish strangeness—then to let the fiery arc of human emotion leap and close the gap: this acrobatics of the imagination fascinates and satisfies me as no other.

I think that's as good a description as I've seen of what I love so much about her best work.

Second, from one of the stories here, "Solitude":

I never knew anybody, anywhere I have been, who found life simple. I think a life or a time looks simple when you leave out the details, the way a planet looks smooth, from orbit.


"a commonplace book"

I'm unfamiliar with what this term means? A collection of quotes? More than that?

MW10 says a "commonplace book" is "a book of memorabilia." I think it's often sort of a combination scrapbook and quotations book and maybe diary as well, but I'm not sure.

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