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  •  Love Le Guin (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Brecht

    Earthsea, Left Hand of Darkness, Always Coming Home ...  Le Guin is certainly one of the greats.  Also, her story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is one of the best short pieces of English prose ever, and is especially poignant given the recent revelations of "enhanced interrogation" and the metastasized security state. What is especially powerful about that short story is that Le Guin's narrator is only able to render the utopian in negative terms, as a refusal of something that seems so close to it but is in fact its opposite.

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