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In reply to: Ursula K. LeGuin – Soft-Boiled Eggs | Paper and Salt

Le Guin was a master of time, especially at manipulating it. Her novels can collapse centuries into a single point, like a dying star. Her 1985 novel Always Coming Home involves a future society that closely resembles the past, with lessons for the present: three timelines in one. Perhaps her most well-known novel, The Wizard of Earthsea, switches between the future and past so often, you’re never quite sure what time it is. Reading Le Guin isn’t always easy. It’s not meant to be.

So leave it to Le Guin to take something that we rush through as quickly as possible—breakfast—and turn it into a meditation, a ritual unstuck in time. Rather than grabbing a coffee and a KIND bar, Le Guin settled in every morning for what she called a Viennese cafe breakfast”: berries, tea, toasted English muffins (She couldn’t get those lovely, light, crispy European rolls” in Portland) and, critically, a soft-boiled egg in the shell.