Oct 08

A Bite of Stars, A Slug of Time, and Thou – Episode 15

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It’s Katie Grocott in the studio this week with Mark Sinker and Elisha Sessions to talk about “Things”, written by Ursula Le Guin in 1970. This is a short story about a society sharply divided between nihilist marauders and maudlin do-nothings… and two people who don’t really fit in either camp. Oh, and masonry. Music is “To the Sea” by Yello and “Ende Neu” by Einsturzende Neubauten.

Produced by Elisha Sessions


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    c on 26 Oct 2008 #

    this is one of my favourite stories! i once wrote a short story only to realise i’d cribbed the whole idea from this and had to scrap it.

    one of the things i noticed, hearing it read, was that there’s a moment where she semi-quotes that famous hemingway short-short: a cobbler burns ‘shoes, never worn’.

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    Pete on 27 Oct 2008 #

    Ursula Le Guin, burned by TV…

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