When Portland author Ursula K. Le Guin wrote The Left Hand of Darkness
in 1969, she imagined it as a thought experiment. What would a world be
like, she asked, where humans spent most of their liv
44 years after publication, Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness still feels radical—and now it has become a play.
In 1969, gender was a fixed concept. The world didn’t know
Boy George, David Bowie or Annie Lennox. There were no how-to websites
for pursuing ambiguous gender expression. Jeffrey Eugenides hadn
Portland is a city of writers and readers. It’s sometimes
overwhelming how much talent we’ve got crammed into this town. To wrap
up 2011, I thought I’d offer a list of 10 very notable titles
Arts & Books
A healthy debate is percolating in response to my profile of Tom Bissell, bandying whether he really is the finest writer in Portland. I contend he is. (Commenter Dan Felder sagely notes that Bissell is a Guggenheim Fellow; he's using the estimated $43,000 prize to finish his apostle-tomb book Bones That Shine Like Fire.) But there are lots of alternatives; as soon as I handed Bissell those laurels, ...