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quote 2017-03-05 11:38
How much real information is available to ordinary, nongovernment, nonmilitary, nonspecialist, nonrich people? What does 'classified' mean? What do shredders shred? What does money buy? In a State, even a democracy, where power is hierarchic, how can you prevent the storage of information from becoming yet another source of power to the powerful—another piston in the great machine?
Always Coming Home - Todd Barton,Margaret Chodos-Irvine,Ursula K. Le Guin

"Always Coming Home" – Ursula K. Le Guin (p. 316)

 

Shit just got real. A little further down the page, there's a passage that can be read as Le Guin breaking the fourth wall and critiquing her writing of this very text, and then the other character in the dialogue says, "You can't talk that way!" and the potential Le Guin stand-in is like, "True."

 

I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this. 

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quote 2017-03-04 22:44
Not all rocks are equally sensitive. Most basalt doesn't pay attention.
Always Coming Home - Todd Barton,Margaret Chodos-Irvine,Ursula K. Le Guin

"Always Coming Home" – Ursula K. Le Guin (p. 309)

 

This is followed by two paragraphs on the inner lives and personalities of different kinds of rock. It's glorious. 

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quote 2017-02-09 17:45
My father came and I began to tell him that I wanted to ride the sorrel mare. He said, 'Get in the cart,' and rode on by. He had looked at me as a woman among the other women, a squawking hen among the poultry. He had changed his soul for his power.
Always Coming Home - Todd Barton,Margaret Chodos-Irvine,Ursula K. Le Guin

"Always Coming Home" – Ursula K. Le Guin (p. 195)

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quote 2017-02-04 10:58
Nothing we do is better than the work of handmind. When mind uses itself without the hands it runs the circle and may go too fast; even speech using the voice only may go too fast. The hand that shapes the mind into clay or written word slows thought to the gait of things and lets it be subject to accident and time. Purity is on the edge of evil, they say.
Always Coming Home - Todd Barton,Margaret Chodos-Irvine,Ursula K. Le Guin

"Always Coming Home" – Ursula K. Le Guin (p. 175)

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quote 2017-01-28 19:24
The common theme of the Romantic Tales was transgression. Millers and Finders often figured in them; their professions contained an element of moral risk, in Valley eyes, and they were perceived as dangerously attractive people—people on the threshold.
Always Coming Home - Todd Barton,Margaret Chodos-Irvine,Ursula K. Le Guin

"Always Coming Home" – Ursula K. Le Guin (p. 96)

 

The link between attractiveness and liminality is something I hadn't seen before. 

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