Right after my last post, about The Lathe of Heaven, I started seeing stuff about Ursula K. Le Guin all over the Internet. Turns out she has won the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Here’s a nice bit from her acceptance speech:
We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings.
There’s a nice overview of Le Guin’s work in the Oyster Review in which I learnt, among other things, that she got her name from her French husband. (Le Guin is a French/Breton name, and I wondered what the story was behind that, if she was, like Kerouac, of French-Canadian descent).