Archive | June 20, 2012

A Few Things

I’m putting these here so I remember them.

John Coulthart has a great post on past attempts to produce covers for M. John Harrison’s Viriconium sequence. Am I fan of Harrison? Of course I’m a fan. Coulthart then has a follow-up post on what he’d like to see in new covers. Speaking of Viriconium, over at M. John Harrison’s blog there’s a new piece of fiction set in that city.

Another thing…

This essay by Ursula K. LeGuin over at Book View Cafe. I can’t agree with it enough. How about these quotes:

Literature is the extant body of written art. All novels belong to it.

The value judgment concealed in distinguishing one novel as literature and another as genre vanishes with the distinction.

Every readable novel can give true pleasure. Every novel read by choice is read because it gives true pleasure.

And finally, a poem by Meng Jiao (a Tang Dynasty poet):

Wanderer’s Song

The thread in the hand of a kind mother

Is the coat on the wanderer’s back.

Before he left she stitched it close

In secret fear that he would be slow to return.

Who will say that the inch of grass in his heart

Is gratitude enough for all the sunshine of spring?