Thursday, November 15, 2007


Once upon a time, I was in University spent a fair amount of time on Usenet, and in some writing groups (I put together the proposal for rec.arts.sf.written, and maintained the FAQ for a while). One of the taglines I used once in a signature, I cribbed from an essay written by, I believe, Ursula K. LeGuin. My memory fades, but it was a good essay:

On the whole, audiences prefer that art be not a mirror held up to life, but a Disneyland of the soul, containing Romanceland, Spyland, Pornoland and all the other escape lands which are so much more agreeable than the complex truth."
I guess I failed to attribute it as well as I should, because the Internet has decided, in all its vast wisdom, to attribute that quote to me.

I'd love to take credit. It's a nice quote. I wish I had written it. But I didn't. And I'm pretty sure, although I don't have the essay at hand, that Ursula K. LeGuin did. So if you run a quote site, aim the attribution at her. It may not be accurate, but it's closer than me. Better still, either track it down or remove it entirely.

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