But even in a diminished form of writing, the spirit of Le Guin’s work remains. When she began to blog, she had a predecessor in mind. The Nobel Prize recipient Jose Saramago had also begun to blog in his eighties. His posts were published in English as The Notebooks , and Le Guin thought that “seeing what Saramago did with the form was a revelation.” Reading No Time To Spare , it’s hard not to feel the same about what she has done with the form. Blogs may not be novels, but a blog by Le Guin is no ordinary blog, either. It is a comfort to know, as reality seems to grow more claustrophobic and inescapable, that she remains at her desk, busily subverting our world.
Montaigne’s views on the education of children were opposed to the common educational practices of his day.  :63 :67 He found fault with both what was taught and how it was taught.  :62 Much of the education during Montaigne’s time was focused on the reading of the classics and learning through books.  :67 Montaigne disagreed with learning strictly through books. He believed it was necessary to educate children in a variety of ways. He also disagreed with the way information was being presented to students. It was being presented in a way that encouraged students to take the information that was taught to them as absolute truth. Students were denied the chance to question the information. Therefore, students could not truly learn. Montaigne believed that to truly learn, a student had to take the information and make it their own.
Perhaps the event that illustrates the most difficult moral decision of the whole novel is the murder of the hoodlums' leader. Prior to the event, the Doctor's Wife discovers that she had brought a pair of scissors with the intent of helping her husband shave. She never uses them for the original purpose and hangs them on a wall. However, after her rape, she grabs the scissors without hesitation and heads for the hoodlums' ward. As the leader rapes one of the women, the Doctor's Wife sneaks behind him and stabs him in the throat as he has an orgasm. "His cry was barely audible, it might have been the grunting of an animal about to ejaculate, as was happening to some of the other men" (Saramago 189). Saramago describes the hoodlums as having degenerated to the point of becoming animals, acting solely upon appeasing natural inclinations and vices. The Doctor's Wife runs away with the raped woman and breaks down. She justifies the murder by thinking, "And when is it necessary to kill... When what is still alive is already dead" (Saramago 192-93). Though the first inclination is to think that the Doctor's Wife justified the murder because the hoodlum had proven himself to be incapable of being human, she could have meant that it was she who was the inhuman one. She is the only sighted person among the blind. If even she has dropped to this level of moral decay, then the rest of the internees have little hope in restoring their own humanity until they regain their sight.