If you’re looking for new ways to fill these waning days of our pandemic summer, here’s a good one: watch Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a documentary of the author produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade by the PBS series American Masters.
According to PBS, “the film explores the personal and professional life of the notoriously private author through revealing conversations with Le Guin as well as her family, friends and the generations of renowned writers she influenced.” Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon and David Mitchell are among the writers who speak about the profound effect Le Guin had on their work.
Oh, and since we’re talking about Le Guin, allow me to fill this space with this excellent quote from her 1986 commencement address at Bryn Mawr: “This is what I don’t want: I don’t want what men have. I’m glad to let them do their work and talk their talk. But I do not want and will not have them saying or thinking or telling us that theirs is the only fit work or speech for human beings.”
The film is streaming now through August 30 (and in case you were wondering, watching it definitely counts as writing).
[h/t Open Culture]