My August Reading! I went off my usual beaten path and read all sci-fi this month. I'm not very familiar with sci-fi, so through researching books, I learned more about the genre and sub-genres. More to my surprise, I had some interesting conversations and got recommendations from friends, I didn't know were sci-fi fans. ...
My favorite this month was "The Lathe of Heaven", with "The Dispossessed" in a close second. I really like Ursula K. LeGuin's writing (hence her being 1/3rd of this month's reading) - I'm looking forward to reading more of her award-winning work in the future. Her themes of feminism, truth, psychology, socio-politics, and home really spoke to me.
My August Reading was more than an exploration of the sci-fi genre, but also a step outside of my comfort zone. My opening-up to sci-fi, allowed me to share in others' love for a genre (I previously took for granted) and discover a new favorite author. Letting go of my usual routine and opening my heart to a new experience, led to whole worlds and ideas previously unknown to me!
Woof, couldn't put this'n down. Seriously brilliant and mind-consuming. "Those whom heaven helps we call the sons of heaven. They do not learn this by learning. They do not work it by working. They do not reason it by using reason. To let understanding stop at what cannot be understood is a high attainment. Those who cannot do it will be destroyed on the lathe of heaven." - Chuang Tse: XXIII
If y'aint read it yuh should read it. Fucking intense! #ursulakleguin#thelatheofheaven#scifi#books
Now I gotta track down the PBS film of it and get started on The Dispossessed!
Hamlet by the Charles River tonight was set in a natural amphitheater, with Millennial actors modernizing the play to mix original language with the new. It was very well done, and I think allows the lyrical language and themes of the play to be more approachable and gains rather than loses meaning. We change, and language as a tool follows such change. Another change was reflected. The play included both black and white actors, albeit just one black actor, who played Hamlet's mom, and a woman who played Horatio. I can't help but notice race and gender wherever I go. On a night like today, especially today with Virginia, I have such extreme and mixed feelings about being American in America and the type of country I hope to work for one day. Would it include me and others who seem different in the we, in We the People? How fitting that I'm finishing a chapter in Ursula Le Guin's book The Lathe of Heaven where reality changes based on a man's dream. In the current chapter's reality, everyone lives in a world of grey. Everyone is the color of grey, and there has never been racial tension. But there is still difference in disease status, origin, nationality, etc., and people killing each other. Bed time, for now, I think. #blacklivesmatter
Did you ever happen to think, Dr. Haber,' he said, quietly enough but stuttering a little, 'that there, there might be other people who dream the way I do? That reality's being changed out from under us, replaced, renewed, all the time—only we don't know it? Only the dreamer knows it, and those who know his dream. If that's true, I guess we're lucky not knowing it.
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven
This book is fucking great. One day George Orr wakes up and realizes that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. The psychiatrist that George seeks out sees the potential to change the world in his own image if he can just harness the potential power of George's dreams. With the world racked by violent wars and environmental catastrophes Dr. Haber attempts to create his own utopia. Eliminating overpopulation, cancer, poverty, racism, mental illness, and bringing peace and balance to the earth. What could go wrong? Alien invasions? Loved ones misplaced or never existing? Le Guin is a master of science fiction and a hell of a writer.
"And since then Haber had at least been candid with Orr about his manipulations. Though candid was not the right word; Haber was much too complex of a person for candor. Layer after layer might peel off the onion and yet nothing be revealed but more onion. That peeling off of one layer was the only real change."
"Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; re-made all the time, made new. When it was made, they lay in each other's arms, holding love, asleep."
11/52. #UrsulaLeGuin 's #TheLatheofHeaven is a wonder of poetry and philosophy and science. I'll share Philip K Dick's words about this book instead of my own: "One of the best novels, and most important to understanding of the nature of our world, is Ursula Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven, in which the dream universe is articulated in such a striking and compelling way that I hesitate to add any further explanation to it; it requires none." #52booksin2017#52booksin52weeks#bookstagram
"To let understanding stop at what cannot be understood is a high attainment. Those who cannot do it will be destroyed on the lathe of heaven."
. "Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new."
Reality, dreams, altered reality and everything in between. Information rich, flowy prose and a very likable protagonist.
"The infinite possibility, the unlimited and unqualified wholeness of being of the uncommitted, the nonacting, the uncarved: the being who, being nothing but himself, is everything." 💫 - #thelatheofheaven (thank u #ursulakleguin ) (if you don't write all over your books, you don't love them).
#TBT Acrylic painting I did back in 2009🎨 Inspired by this quote: "What will the creature made all of seadrift do on the dry sand of daylight; what will the mind do, each morning, waking?" 🐙- from one of my favorite books, The Lathe of Heaven 💦💦💦what if our minds only reach their true, full potential when we're dreaming? Like jellyfish, our minds float freely while submerged under water and unconsciousness, but when they are awakened, washed ashore, they are immobilized and crushed by the weight of gravity and consciousness. #imadethis#artstagram#paintersofig#jellyfish