Category Archives: Marion’s Favorites

Marion’s Favorite Things from books, music, art, travel, and anything else that he really enjoys.

Marion’s Favorites: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin Documentary

I just finished watching a documentary on Ursula K. Le Guin, the great writer of Imaginative and speculative fiction. I know that Le Guin has categorized and championed herself as a science fiction and fantasy writer.  After watching this documentary, I get why she has embraced the genre as where she belongs. However, I believe she is a writer of imaginative literature and her work belongs in the same discussion with the greatest works of American Literature.

The documentary is just over an hour and chronicles her career, family life (her father was an anthropologist), marriage, and growth an as writer. I will admit that I have only read a few of her books.  The Dispossessed is my favorite novel and her essay collection about writing science fiction and fantasy, Language of the Night is my favorite non-fiction work. I’m not a diehard Le Guin reader or fan.

However, this documentary illuminated Le Guin’s artistry and evolution as a writer.  I appreciated the section about the Earthsea series and after the success of the first three books in the series she thought she had not gone far enough in creating a progressive work of literature.  A writer tended to look forward to the next book, but Le Guin reflected on where she fell short with those early Earthsea novels and tried to rectify it in the later books of the series.

I gained a deeper appreciation of Le Guin as an artist after watching this documentary and come to the realization that she is one of America’s greatest Post World War II writers and belonged in the same neighborhood as Toni Morrison, John Updike, Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy, and Don Delillo.  Her influence on the science fiction and fantasy genre was enormous and when you have writers like Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, & David Mitchell appear prominently on the documentary spoke a lot about who she was as a writer.

I highly recommend The Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin documentary for all writers who want to learn how a great writer goes about their craft and themes that dominated her work.  Also, I would recommend this documentary to other artists outside of writing to see how a fellow artist change the paradigm of a genre and demanded it’s respect as true art.

Marion’s Favorites: Albrecht 2015 Pinot Gris

I’ve been wanting to branch out into white wines recently.  I have always preferred red wines (Malbec, Merlot, & Cabernet Sauvignon) over white wines.  However, I heard a recent podcast about wines from the Alsace Region of France and the podcast host recommended that Pinot Gris was a good transition wine for red wine drinkers.… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 58: Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya

One of the great joys of reading fiction is when you get a novel that makes want to read on after you finished it.  There are a lot of novels I have enjoyed reading, but once I close the book or eBook (these days) then I’m done with it.  Well, Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya is… Continue Reading

Marion’s 31 Favorite Books of All Time

2020 has been a challenging year.  Dealing with a worldwide pandemic, political unrest here in America, and high profile celebrity deaths like Kobe Bryant and Chadwick Boseman have made it a year that no one saw coming.  However, I have reached August 31st and another birthday. Birthdays are always a big deal to me.  It… Continue Reading