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Perfectly Herself: A discussion of the work of Carol Emshwiller, by Ursula K. Le Guin, Helen Merrick, Pat Murphy, and Gary K. Wolfe (5/30/11)
After a career of many phases, she's found a comfortable way to synthesize all of them, making her all over again the proverbial writer to watch. I don't know if there's another 90 year old author anywhere about whom that could be said.
The Emshwillerians, by Karen Joy Fowler (5/30/11)
Recently I've begun to notice elements, techniques, and viewpoints from Carol's writing in more places than my own stories. For decades, Carol has primarily been published as a science fiction writer. My impression is that, while always admired and often beloved, her work was seen as essentially idiosyncratic. Whatever it was she was doing, she was doing it alone, and off in her own brilliant little corner of the field. She is the sort of writer to whom the word "quirky" is applied. "A writer's writer." "A cult favorite."
After All, by Carol Emshwiller (5/30/11)
I was thinking to write a story about somebody who needs to change (the best sort of character to write about), and all of a sudden I knew it was me who had to change. Always had been, and I didn't realize it until that very minute. So I have to be the one to go on a journey, either of discovery or in order to avoid myself.
Reviews for the week of 5/30/11
Monday: The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller, Volume 1, reviewed by L. Timmel Duchamp
Wednesday: Carmen Dog by Carol Emshwiller, reviewed by Paul Kincaid
Friday: Ledoyt and Leaping Man Hill by Carol Emshwiller, reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller
On Not Going Extinct, by Carol Emshwiller (5/24/10)
Our language is gone, though here and there a word survives. Some of our music and dance also. Sometimes we see bits of our ways in what the others do, a gesture here and there, a fragment of a design at the edge of a collar or on a belt buckle.
A Safe Place To Be, by Carol Emshwiller (9/28/09)
It started with a funny feeling in the bottoms of my feet. Something is going to happen. Perhaps an earthquake. That's what it feels like. But perhaps terrorists on the way. Whatever it is, something's coming.
Reviews for the week of 5/15/06
Monday: Simon Ings's The Weight of Numbers, reviewed by Abigail Nussbaum
Tuesday: Holly Phillips's The Burning Girl, reviewed by Dan Hartland
Wednesday: Carol Emshwiller's I Live With You, reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller
Thursday: Tobias Buckell's Crystal Rain, reviewed by Donna Royston
Ledoyt: A Novel by Carol Emshwiller, by Ursula K. Le Guin (4/30/01)
Emshwiller's like a wild mixture of Italo Calvino (intellectual games) and Grace Paley (perfect honesty) and Fay Weldon (outrageous wit) and Jorge Luis Borges (pure luminosity), but no—her voice is perfectly her own. She isn't like anybody. She's different.
Interview: Carol Emshwiller, by Patrick Weekes (4/30/01)
"The SF community . . . was such a sort of cozy place. . . . Everybody knows everybody. People help each other. It's smaller than the mainstream, therefore more wieldy."
The Circular Library of Stones, by Carol Emshwiller (4/30/01)
My latest discovery was momentous, to say the least. Who would have thought it: a great, white, stone, circular library to be danced in!
Two Classics of Satirical Speculation: The Start of the End of It All and Carmen Dog by Carol Emshwiller, by Leslie What (4/30/01)
Carol Emshwiller is the writer I want to be when I never grow up. She's a satirist whose fiction examines the choices that characters must make when their lives take crooked turns that send them flying beyond the scope of a reader's radar.