Somewhere Else

AN EXCELLENT PLACE TO BUILD YOUR BRAND

AN EXCELLENT PLACE TO BUILD YOUR BRAND

As artists brand themselves with the hot irons of so-called creative entrepreneurship; as “likes” clicked through in a heart beat or a bot beat replace critical appraisal backed by a lifetime of careful study; as networks of contacts replace communities of creative engagement; as museums of fine art sink into the vast data mine of market analysis; as poetry recedes from any public consideration whatsoever; through all this blare and blather, we bend our ears to the wise voice of Ursula Le Guin, in remarks delivered while accepting a way overdue National Book Award.

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The entire address is well worth the six minutes. We excerpt two passages below, together with several other snips from her website, closing with the magnificent poem, Crow. Maps of imaginary elsewheres complete the montage, with editorial captions added by DP.

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SCHEMA FOR A MEMORY THEATRE

FREE FORM SCHEMA FOR A MEMORY THEATRE

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THOUGHT EXPERIMENT

INTENSELY LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

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ANOTHER KIND OF LIFE

ANOTHER KIND OF LIFE

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A COMPOST OF RICH DARKNESS

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