Ursula K. Le Guin on Great Storytellers

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On this International Women’s Day, here are some thoughts from one of my top 10 favorite women. She’s capturing what I think and feel about Ursula K. Le Guin.

“In the realm of art … we can fulfill our expectations only by learning which authors disappoint and which authors offer the true nourishment for the soul. We find out who the good writers are, and then we look or wait for their next book. Such writers — living or dead, whatever genre they write in, critically fashionable or not, academically approved or not — are those who not only meet our expectations but surpass them. That is the gift the great storytellers have. They tell the same stories over and over (how many stories are there?), but when they tell them they are new, they are news, they renew us, they show us the world made new.”

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