The Dispossessed – NaBloPoMo 2010

There was a wall.

The Dispossessed by Ursula K LeGuin


so begins The Dispossessed, Ursula K. LeGuin‘s utopian/dystopian novel.  the wall is not much as far as walls go – no Berlin Wall here.  it is simply the wall enclosing the (mostly unused) spaceport in Anarres, the moon of Urras;  Anarres was settled almost two hundred years ago by revolutionaries from Urras.

the revolutionaries have made Anarres into an anarchists’ paradise: there is no private property, no government per se; but an anarchist society can become as rigid as other societies, which drives the physicist Shevek to leave Anarres for Urras.


of interest to writers in the ‘hood

I do not know all the details of the Google book settlement, except that it is good for Google.  it is outrageous that the Author's Guild took it upon themselves to negotiate with the big G in behalf of all US writers. 
the deadline for writers to add their names to the petition for the US to be exempted from the settlement is on Monday January 25 2010.

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