December 9th, 2006

20111112, Marilee

The Telling by Ursula Le Guin

This is a bit preachy, rather analogy-laden. At the beginning of the book, Terra has been taken over by Unists (these could be fundamentalist Christians or Muslims) and there are Pales (ghettos) where unbelievers live. Our protagonist, Sutty, is from Calcutta, and lived in a Vancouver Pale. She becomes an Ekumen Observer on a planet called Aka. Aka doesn't allow Ekumen staff outside the main city and carefully controls what they see, which is an authoritarian police state that worships a God of Reason. Sutty gets a break and is allowed to go out to a rural area, followed by a Akan Monitor, and finds out about the original beliefs of the planet. As she learns more, she becomes more confused. What's the solution?
20111112, Marilee

"Syler: Toast in the Morning"

That was the heading of yesterday's WashPost TV Column and you can imagine how I felt about the columnist, Lisa de Moraes, giving away such a plot twist! Then I read on, and the next two paragraphs say:

"The Early Show" is saying sayonara to one of its three infotainment hostesses in favor of a male news reader.

René Syler is out; Russ Mitchell is in.

Oh well.

I think my dream last night was encouraged by the book I finished last night (see below). My mother and brother and I were outcasts, living in a tiny bit of disputed land. We'd built a little shack there and did errands for people, saving as much money as we could so Rick could go to school. One day we were all out and when we came back, the dispute had been solved and the winning government had bulldozed our shack and everything in it.