Things we found interesting and hope you will too! This week: rediscover Ursula K. LeGuin with some new editions, learn even more about T.S. Eliot - the poet you always pretended to understand but probably didn't, cook up a surreal Thanksgiving dinner, and maybe make writing fun again.
Ursula K. LeGuin: I (Will) have not read read much LeGuin, but she is high on my list, especially as I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about how limiting the expectations of genre can be. LeGuin has thought about this much more than I have, and her expansive variety of stories has challenged our conception of “literary fiction” with her serious forays into science fiction and fantasy as well as realism. She refuses to limit herself to a single form or genre: “I wish we could all live in a big house with lots of rooms, and windows, and doors, and none of them locked.” Fortunately, for those of us less familiar with her work, several new editions of her work have debuted in the last month including The Unreal and the Real, a collection of short stories, and The Found and the Lost, a complete compilation of her novellas. Read more about her inspiration and her new Library of America edition of The Complete Orsinia at the Guardian.
tseliot.com: T.S. Eliot’s estate and Faber & Faber have launched a new website featuring some of Eliot’s previously unpublished correspondence, photographs and poetry. Eventually, writers will be able to apply through the site for six-week residencies at Eliot’s childhood home in New England, so if you’re not one for the Amtrak residencies, start planning how you’ll get picked for this one.
Dinner with Salvador Dali: If you’re looking for the hottest Christmas gift of the season, I’m sure it won’t be the reissue of Salvador Dali’s illustrated cookbook. First published in 1973, with chapters such as “Prime lilliputian malaises” and “Deoxyribonucleic Atavism”, some of these recipes seem actually manageable, if not surreal. Frog pasties, for instance, just seem to be fried frog legs, which anyone from my area of America ought to be comfortable with. “Thousand-year-old eggs,” however, will take more convincing. Grab your copy at Amazon here.
Feeling discouraged about writing? This week’s episode of The Journeyman Writer from StoryWonk.com will help you rediscover your sense of play and joy while you write.