Ursula Le Guin has a blog. Did you know that? I didn’t. [le guin]
Immediately, on the front page, is an incredible poem that I want to quote in its entirety but I think you should probably read it there. (I don’t see a direct way to link to individual postings there, so it’s #122 in Feb 2017 [here]
by Anita Endrezze (Yaqui)
Build a wall of saguaros,
butterflies, and bones
of those who perished
in the desert. A wall of worn shoes,
dry water bottles, poinsettias.
Construct it of gilded or crazy house
mirrors so some can see their true faces.
Build a wall of revolving doors
or revolutionary abuelas.
Make it as high as the sun, strong as tequila.
Boulders of sugar skulls. Adobe or ghosts.
A Lego wall or bubble wrap. A wall of hands
holding hands, hair braided from one woman
to another, one country to another.
A wall made of Berlin. A wall made for tunneling.
A beautiful wall of taco trucks.
A wall of silent stars and migratory songs.
This wall of solar panels and holy light,
panels of compressed cheetos,
topped not by barbed wire but sprouting
avocado seeds, those Aztec testicles.
A wall to keep Us in and Them out.
It will have faces and heartbeats.
Dreams will be terrorists. The Wall will divide
towns, homes, mountains,
the sky that airplanes fly through
with their potential illegals.
Our wallets will be on life support
to pay for it. Let it be built
of guacamole so we can have a bigly block party. [read the rest]
It goes on. It’s so, so good.
I find it amusing that people say “OMG she’s 81 and she’s blogging!” As if “blogging” is different from “writing”, which is a thing that Le Guin has been doing quite well for a very long time. Anyone who’s amazed that she’s able to blog ought to be amazed that water is wet and that cats like tuna fish.
My mom, who is older than Le Guin, developed and maintains a website since the late 1990s. [pmr] The only thing that surprised me about that was that she used Microsoft Front Page, which – since content management systems like WordPress and Squarespace didn’t exist at the time – was probably reasonable, too. At least she’s stopped periodically messing up the server-side Front Page extensions… (“No, mom, I’m a UNIX computer security consultant, not Microsoft tech support. You know way more about that stuff than I do!” I learned.)