Listening to the Left Hand
This page is for people who wish to follow my recommendation to read this essay. Listening to the Left Hand was written by Frank Herbert and published by Harper’s Magazine in December 1973. I have submitted a request to re-print it here. Unfortunately, Harper’s Magazine does not allow re-prints to exist outside their site. I think that it’s bizarre in the current age of information to restrict access to content from 43 years ago, but I also suspect Harper’s employs better lawyers than I do, so I have instead posted a link below to Harper’s archive of the issue.
There is a small charge to access it. Let me clarify that I do not receive any money for referring people to Harper’s, nor from people purchasing access to this issue from them. I do encourage people to do so only because I believe it is well worth it. It is very well written and dense with inspiration. Many of the things I want to touch on are presented here in a condensed format. While my method is to break apart and illustrate these points in a more egalitarian fashion, Frank Herbert distills them here in an exemplary piece with a gorgeous blending of rhythm and language.