Some Approaches to the Problem of the Shortage of Time (Le Guin)

Hey friends. I just stumbled across this video interview of Le Guin on YouTube earlier today. She ends up reading a wonderful short story, “Some Approaches to the Problem of the Shortage of Time”, which touches, again on Gebserian themes on time, running out of time, and the global ecological crisis. It’s also a delightfully witty read:

You can pick up a hard copy of the short story via The Compass Rose.

There were some unintentional connections between our first book club reading of The Dispossessed and Ever-Present Origin. Especially because both books were concerned with a leap in understanding of time. Shevek, our protagonist, was concerned with philosophies of time, political utopia, social transformation, and the tearing down of walls. Boundaries. He wished for a diaphanous reality.

Suffice to say it’s nice to catch another one of Le Guin’s meditations on time, which, again, speaks to Gebser’s insights.

Enjoy the reading!