No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

No Time to Spare

From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, and with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, a collection of thoughts—always adroit, often acerbic—on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation.Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she’s in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice—sharp, witty, as compassionate as ...

Details No Time to Spare

TitleNo Time to Spare
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir, Language, Biography

Reviews No Time to Spare

  • Carol.
    Ursula Le Guin is one of my heroes, in as much as I have them. Which is, to say, hardly at all, but her writing has often astounded me, literally impacting how I perceived the world. When I was a teen, The Left Hand of Darkness did more to challenge my conception of gender identity than anything I would read or hear for years. However, her writing has also felt somewhat laborious to me, so when I saw this book of blog-style posts, I leapt at the ...
  • Diane S ☔
    It has only been in the last several years that I have added essays into my already cumbersome reading repertoire. As a younger reader I was all about the books, prose and plot, not realizing how much of an author's own self goes into the writing of each and every book. I fell in love with this literary form, such a wonderful way to get to know what is important to an author, glimpses into their personal lives, how they think, and how they feel a...
  • David Schaafsma
    RIP, January 22, 2018 used to have a whole lot of spare time, middle-class kids anyhow. Outside of school and if they weren’t into a sport, most of their time was spare, and they figured out more or less successfully what to do with it. I had whole spare summers when I was a teenager. Three spare months. No stated occupation whatsoever. Much of after-school was spare time too. I read, I wrote, I hung ...
  • Diane Barnes
    Sometimes it's really nice to spend time with a truly intelligent woman.Her words speak for themselves.
  • Tomislav
    I received a kindle format version of this book at no cost, in return for promising to write an honest review. I am a long-time fan of Ursula LeGuin’s writing – especially the books of the Hainish Cycle, so was actually quite pleased to have this opportunity to read and comment on the book shortly before publication.In the spirit of “no time to spare.” I will offer this quick overview of my thoughts. This is a compilation of entries from ...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 5* of fiveI have always had friends, good and close friends. They have always been of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. They have not infrequently cordially loathed each other. To me, each of them was, and mostly still is, a treasure and a boon and a blessing. A dear, dear friend of mine recently passed her 89th birthday and, in a chat we were having today, I mentioned Ursula K. LeGuin and this collection of essays."Who?" asked my frien...
  • Vivian
    Insightful and incisive series of essays on everything from cats to the Sartre Refusal Prize. "If we insist in the real world the ultimate victor must be the good guy, we've sacrificed right to might." I had to read this quote several times to recognize the truth in the statement. Le Guin brings it up in an essay about Homer and how neither The Illiad nor The Odyssey employ wishful thinking; therefore, not fantasy. But, that quote is counter to ...
  • Melanie
    I expected essays picking up this book, but instead I got a series of random blog posts (or as I liked to call them by the end, "Ursula chats") where she talks about anything from being old, to her new cat, to writing and reading, the great American novel, shopping and so on. It feels rather random, the selection of those posts and also the things she writes about are so odd, but that is exactly why I found this book so utterly charming. It was l...
  • Ted Morgan
    A lovely rambling and ruminating but uneven collection of observations. Fun to read.
  • Peter Tillman
    Short essays on many topics, all written in the past six or seven years. I particularly liked her cat stories ("Annals of Pard") and a dramatic rattlesnake encounter ("First Contact"), but they're all interesting. I'll probably reread the book sometime.Her choice of the title was prophetic. Ms. Le Guin passed away on Jan. 22, 2018 at 88. She will be missed. Here's the New Republic's take,"In 2010, at the ag...
  • Tiffany Reisz
    A great collection of Le Guin's blog posts. The star of the show is really Pard, her kitty. Highly enjoyed it but then again, I got it 50% off. I doubt I'd love it as much if I'd paid full price. ;)
  • Jeanne
    I've read three of Ursula's Le Guin's books this year and the year's still young. I suspect that I will read others.Le Guin is primarily known for her writing in fantasy and science fiction. The first books of hers that I read as a teen were, of course, from these genres. Nonetheless, the three I've read this year have all been nonfiction: her translation of the Tao Te Ching ; a book on writing, Steering the Craft , and now No Time to Spare, a ...
  • Ross Blocher
    In "No Time to Spare", prolific author Ursula K. Le Guin has collected some 44 blog entries and published them together as a collection that examines aging, relationships, recognition, cats, nature, feminism, writing, cats, belief, society, childhood, and cats. The entries are dated but not chronological, and if there is a particular organization to their ordering, I have not figured it out. Some of the stories deliver neatly-wrapped parables, an...
  • Melora
    I really enjoyed these short pieces – blog posts – on a variety of topics. They have a casual, friendly feeling about them, but also, almost always, a solid core of real thoughtfulness. Having just acquired a small black kitten, I particularly enjoyed the stories about her black cat, Pard, and also the ones about the lynx and the rattlesnake. Oh, and the one about the soft-boiled egg was just marvelous. And the pieces on aging, on fantasy, an...
  • Nikki
    All the time while I read this, a few weeks ago, I found myself wondering how much longer we’d have Ursula Le Guin. I wonder if the title, No Time to Spare, was intended to be so on the nose. It’s a wonderful collection, full of Le Guin’s personality: her thoughts on ageing, on genre, on books in general, and on her own work. And also her thoughts on her cat, Pard, and one rather mindful piece on the correct way to eat a boiled egg.It was a...
  • Kerri Anne
    This book is a gift, just like Le Guin herself was. I've long loved the honest and masterful way she strings words together, the way she weaves her stories, builds her worlds, lets her readers into the very fabric of her magic. But this collection of nonfiction essays, published in 2017, is something else entirely, and feels so sacred in light of the (literary) world (and beyond) losing her just a week ago. Le Guin's is an authentic, powerful, wr...
  • Beth
    This is the third essay collection I've read in the last couple of years, and it is, by far, the best. The other essayists were younger by decades, which probably had something to do with it.No Time to Spare is arranged loosely by theme into four sections, with some charming entries about Le Guin's cat, Pard, in between. The first section, about aging--her own, and in general--and the fourth, mostly about nature, were the ones I enjoyed most.Sinc...
  • Laurie
    These are a different kind of essay because they originally were blog posts. They are not arranged chronologically but by topic, sort of. Each section has a title but I wasn't always aware of the connection of some of the essays within a section. But it didn't matter. I loved the ones about her cat, Pard. I am a big cat lover so any discussion of cats is right up my alley. I was intrigued by her few references to writing and receiving letters fro...
  • Atlas
    "If I'm ninety and believe I'm forty-five, I'm headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub"* * * * 4 / 5I started reading No Time to Spare on the 28th of December, intending to consume it's collection of short essays leisurely. Unfortunately, partway through the title became somewhat prophetic as the author sadly passed away. As a child I loved and devoured Le Guin's Earthsea Quartet and as an adult I have read some of her more ad...
  • Jeff
    Ms Le Guin,Thanks for all the words and ideas you shared. They made the world a better place.For most of my life i have read you, revered and recommended your work, and thought, "I bet i'd like knowing her for real."I will miss you. Many people will miss you.Cheers
  • Callibso
    Als Ursula K. Le Guin vor zwei Wochen verstarb, dachte ich, dass ich jetzt unbedingt etwas von ihr lesen muss. Bücher von ihr haben mich seit vielen Jahren begleitet und als ich im letzten Jahr in Portland, Oregon war, hatte ich die Hoffnung eine Veranstaltung mit ihr besuchen zu können, aber leider kam es nicht dazu (zwei Monate vorher wäre eine Lesung gewesen, aber da war natürlich keine Sonnenfinsternis...)Die schöne "Library of America" ...
  • Cynthia
    No Time to Spare is an odd gossipy book. As we expect from Le Guin it’s well written. It’s a mishmash of information based on her personal and writing life. She discusses the fan mail she receives and the awards she’s won. She also touches on current and paste pets and everyday life with her family. I believe she’s in her eighties so she has lots of wisdom to share. Just don’t expect her usual fast paced fiction. This book goes along at...
  • Stefanie
    These essays are a collection go LeGuin's blog posts from 2010 to 2016. They are not all of her blog posts and they are not organized in chronological order. Instead they are organized in a thematic manner like "Going Over Eighty" and "The Annals of Pard" (Pard is her cat). Sometimes funny, occasionally grumpy or sharp, always insightful, the irony of the title punched me in the stomach every time I picked up the book. What a mind. What a voice. ...
  • Nicholas Whyte
    2018-05-31 pieces are not as deep as those in Words Are My Matter, but they are just as wise; much less about literature than about age, experience, politics, and some lovely short pieces about her cat. There is a particularly good piece about anger. It's a short book, but it will linger with me for a long time.
  • Sarah
    Le Guin could write about any topic, large or small, and I would happily spend an evening devouring her thoughts on the subject, whether or not I agree.
  • Laurie
    This is a collection of short essays that LeGuin originally put up on her blog. Basically they are short form essays, and the book is divided roughly into subjects that include aging, sexism, politics, morals, nature, religion, swearing, writing, and, in between, are the Annals of Pard. Pard being the author’s latest cat, who is still a youngster- a year old when procured. But these are not your ordinary old woman with a cat entries; she examin...
  • Suzy
    I fell in love with Ursula K. Le Guin after reading this New Yorker profile of her and her life in late 2016! (I know, I know, I'm late to the party.) I had never read anything by her, just this one article about her . . . until this wonderful little book of essays published shortly before her death this January. No Time to Spare is a compilation of posts from her blog. Her blog!! I loved learning that she...
  • Sophie
    Started reading No Time to Spare in the jubilant cacophony of The Tailor in Amsterdam on Friday evening, and finished it in the merry euphony of DENF Coffee the next day.Her writing is, as always, both elegant and punchy. She goes straight to the heart of the matter and makes no apologies for telling it as it is. There is great wisdom to be found in the work of the grand lady of science fiction, who has LIVED a full life and owned up to it.Her pi...
  • Akylina
    This collection of short essays (which were originally posted on Le Guin's blog) is an absolute treat not only for Ursula Le Guin's fans but for any reader who appreciates clever, funny and well-written opinion pieces. The book is divided in parts, each one of which is devoted to a specific topic such as aging, literature and writing, feminism, politics and miscellaneous musings on everyday life and its ordeals. In between those sections there ar...