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Watch Ursula K. Le Guin’s Awesome Speech Delivered When She Accepted the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

This week, Ursula K. Le Guin accepted the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards ceremony.

Congrats to Ms. Le Guin!

Hear her excellent, thought-provoking speech below…

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2 Comments on Watch Ursula K. Le Guin’s Awesome Speech Delivered When She Accepted the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

  1. “We just saw a profiteer try to punish a publisher for disobedience, and writers threatened by corporate fatwa,”

    ugg. Gross. Le Guin knighting publisher Hachette in a cloak of Marxist purity against the “profiteers” at amazon is disgusting and hypocritical.

    I don’t know which would win in a battle to be the least crony capitalist but certainly Amazon should get some credit for taking actions which lower the cost of books to consumers as well open new opportunities and alternatives for new or unrecognized writers with eBooks and ePublishing. And Hachette should get more then a few demerits for being a gatekeeper price gouging cartel for decades.

    “And I see a lot of us, the producers, accepting this — letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant!”

    Even grosser. It is not as if Le Guin herself does not profit from literally selling ideas protected by property rights and defended by corporate lawyers.

  2. Freeeedommmmm!

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