Dancing at the Edge of the World is a 1989 nonfiction collection by Ursula K. Le Guin.
The works are divided into two categories: talks and essays, and book and movie reviews. Within the categories, the works are organized chronologically, and are further marked by what Le Guin calls the Guide Ursuline -- a system of symbols denoting the main theme of the works. The four themes with which she categorizes the essays are feminism, social responsibility, literature and travel.
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“I say to you: we must still have chaos within us to be able to give birth to a dancing star. I say to you: you still have chaos within you.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)
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