Literary Arts Tribute

Fri 15 Jun 2018 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

Just in case you missed it and would like to watch or listen, here is the video from Literary Arts Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin that was held on Wednesday evening at the beautiful Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. Kelly was one of the speakers and since I tagged along as husband I’d like to take a moment to thank Theodore Downs-Le Guin and the whole Le Guin family and everyone at Literary Arts whose grace in these circumstances was a model to aspire to.

It was a . . . lovely? evening. All through the hall people were catching up with one another and sometimes exchanging their favorite Le Guin stories — or stories about Le Guin. (Stories about Le Guin welcome in the comments!) She lived in Portland for fifty years or so and brought together so many disparate strands of the city it was a joy to see so many people there to remember her. I took one photo before they asked attendees not to take photos or films and I was happy to sit in the darkness and try and take in what I am still having trouble taking in: this world is missing a person I loved. Ursula K. Le Guin was generous and fierce and her emails and wordplay usually made me laugh — on not liking a blue variant of the Words Are My Matter cover, “Yes, textbooky, zackly. Anyhow blue is not my hue.” — as well as sit up straighter. I miss her more than I can say.

Ursula K. Le Guin – Broadcast from Henry V Live on Vimeo.

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