“'Writerly good behavior' is a nice phrase. It makes me think about when I was an entering freshwoman at Radcliffe College (now subsumed in Harvard) in 1947. The President of the College paternally informed us girls that we were there to learn gracious living.
Yeah. Uhhuh. A bunch of crazy, graceless, passionate, adolescent female intellectuals ravenous to learn everything Harvard would teach us… and we were there to learn good behavior? Ladylikeness? How [to] set a pretty table and pour tea?
Fortunately, Harvard gave us a superb education, which equipped some of us, at least, to begin to learn how and when to overturn the table and the tea urn. And why.”
There’s a few typos in this pretty short discussion, but the shorter something is, the less excuse you have for not reading it.
I’ve also been reading Le Guin’s thoughts on anger, posted on her blog. It’s not that anger isn’t valid, but it can only go so far in addressing an issue.