“The literary mainstream once relegated her work to the margins. Then she transformed the mainstream.” So opens a mammoth profile on author Ursula K. Le Guin which was published in the New Yorker
in its October 17 issue. The article covers Le Guin’s life and journey from early childhood to the award-winning author she is today, and includes an anecdote from Le Guin’s latest book of essays, Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, with a Journal of a Writer’s Week
. The title, out now from Small Beer Press, was also highlighted in an article published in the Guardian
on October 18. Of the nonfiction book, the Guardian
said, “Le Guin may not have written a novel since 2008’s Lavinia
, but the always sharp, frequently funny, and unfailingly confident compilation of essays, lectures and book reviews show she hasn’t stopped working.” Further recent coverage of Words Are My Matter
includes an article published in the Washington Post
on October 6 which cited the book as a key publication from Le Guin’s later years, and an interview with Le Guin in the New York Times
on August 28 where she recalled a particularly memorable story from Words Are My Matter
regarding the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
Henry A. Giroux is no stranger to stirring the political pot. From his hard-hitting academic expose,Neoliberalism’s War On Higher Education
, to his latest title, America at War With Itself
, Giroux has proved he’s unafraid to pack a verbal punch. On October 14, Giroux appeared on Democracy Now!
, where he was interviewed by Amy Goodman about America at War With Itself
and its critique of the current political climate. In the interview, Goodman quoted the foreword from Robin D. G. Kelley, asking Giroux about his thesis that “Donald Trump’s rise is a result of America declaring war on anything that makes democracy possible (including youth).” Watch the clip to hear Giroux’s compelling answer, and you’ll see just why Julian Casablancas (the lead singer of the Strokes), told Rolling Stone
on September 13 that Giroux is ranked up with Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Paine, and MLK as one of the “greatest truth-sayers of American history.”