I never pass up…

1 December 2010 at 08:24 Leave a comment

a Margaret Atwood interview:

Her interest in the puritan prose of the pre-American revolutionary period comes from her family. Some of her ancestors “were puritan New Englanders”, and she puts The Handmaid’s Tale firmly in this context: “Nothing comes from nothing.” Long before the revolution, she goes on, “the Salem witch trials provide a template that continues to recur in America. That’s why I set The Handmaid’s Tale in Cambridge, Massachusetts” and borrowed several recognisable features of the university landscape. “Harvard was sniffy about it at first.” Another thin smile of caustic satisfaction. “But they’ve come round.”

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Overheard XXIV Had to happen sometime

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What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 5 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 2, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985) 5 years ago

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I am a misanthrope. No one ever believes me, but this seems to prove my point.

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