Tuesday, April 24, 2012

on writing (fantasy) - ursula leguin

In reinventing the world of intense, unreproduceable, local knowledge, 
seemingly by a denial or evasion of current reality, fantasists are perhaps 
trying to assert and explore a larger reality than we now allow ourselves. 
They are trying to restore the sense — to regain the knowledge — that 
there is somewhere else, anywhere else, where other people may live 
another kind of life. The literature of imagination, even when tragic, is 
reassuring, not necessarily in the sense of offering nostalgic comfort, but 
because it offers a world large enough to contain alternatives, and 
therefore offers hope. 

- Ursula LeGuin, The Critics, the Monsters, and the Fantasists

Read the whole essay here.

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