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Margaret Atwood Q&A

I really like Margaret Atwood. She’s a great writer. An inspiration, really. I look up to her. I find her quite entertaining too. I came across this little interview and decided to share it with you. As always, I’m highlighting my favourite parts and italicizing my little comments.

Margaret Atwood, 71, was born in Ottawa and lives in Toronto. She has written more than 50 volumes, but is best known for her novels, including The Handmaid’s Tale and Booker prizewinner The Blind Assassin; her most recent is The Year Of The Flood. A campaigner for the environment, she has contributed to the Ghosts Of Gone Birds exhibition at the Rochelle School, east London, from 2-23 November.


When were you happiest?
Can’t pick and choose, it’s bad luck.

I never thought of it that way. Haha.

What is your greatest fear?
Long, lingering dementia, followed by death from choking on a fishbone.

What is your earliest memory?
Digging in mud with a spoon, 1942.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Getting too involved in too many things. It eats your brain.

This is sometimes my life…

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Begrudging mean-spiritedness.

TELL ’em Margaret!

What is your most treasured possession?
Right now, my glasses.

What would your super power be?
The flying-around thing. With a cape.

It just wouldn’t be worth it without the cape!

What makes you unhappy?
Reading newspapers before caffeine.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
The great auk, like the one I just knitted for Ghosts Of Gone Birds, in aid of BirdLife International’s preventing extinctions programme.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Somebody short. Or else Lady Gaga.

I haven’t the words.

What is your favourite word?
And. It is so hopeful.

I DEFINITELY never thought of “and” in that way. NOW I always will.

What would you wear to a fancy dress party?
A Dolly Parton wig and stiletto heels.

Imagine it. Really. Take a moment. Imagine it.

Is it better to give or to receive?
To give, definitely, because you have no say in what you receive.

Which living person do you most despise?
I don’t do “despise”, I do “annoying pity”.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
My dead friends: Angela Carter, Marian Engel, Gwen MacEwen, Matt Cohen, Larry Gaynor.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“OK, I’ll do” (your fundraiser, etc).

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
On the Titanic for the first few days of its voyage. Or at the siege of Troy.

The first one seems like a good idea! I don’t know about the siege of Troy as a quick vacation spot…

How do you relax?
What is this “relax” of which you speak, Earthling?

What is the closest you’ve come to death?
In 1948 when the brakes failed on our car. About to get on a plane to New York on 9/11. Choking on a fishbone.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The white-water canoe run I did solo at Lady Evelyn Park 20 years ago. It was impromptu. It took the skin off my knees. It was an unnecessary risk.

Pretty impressive.

How would you like to be remembered?
By members of a human race who have managed to avoid annihilating their entire species and can thus still do some reading, and remembering.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
The only way out is through.

Where would you most like to be right now?
The Canadian Arctic. Nothing like it.

Tell us a joke
What does the Canadian girl say when you ask her if she’d like sex? “Only if you’re having some yourself.”


Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/oct/28/margaret-atwood-q-a

SIDENOTE: I’ll be having Wordless Wednesday tomorrow. I forgot to take pictures of the goodies Babe brought back from Denmark. They’ll be featured in that post. Maybe I should REALLY turn the world upside-down and do Thankful Thursday today… We’ll see how much time I have before I leave work.

Did any of Atwood’s answers stand out to you? Which ones? Have you read any of her books?


Interview This Week!

GUYS! GIRLS! *stops to catch breath* Okay, first, a song.

I just got an email saying that I was short-listed for that job I really, really, really want! Seriously, this is THE perfect job for me. I am seriously the only woman cycling to and from work every day. Okay, so I haven’t cycled since the big move. I’m still trying to figure out how to avoid the dangerous highways, and not have to ride away from work for kilometres before I can start heading in the direction of work. Whatever. Give me a little break. It hasn’t been a month yet. POINT IS I’m like… Legendary.

Oh, funny story! I was walking downtown yesterday evening (I walk there – 25 minutes – from work to get the bus), and a random guy I’m sure I’ve never seen/acknowledges said, “Where ya bike today?” I kind of just laughed it off and kept walking. He said, “Hey?! You left it home, eh?” I said, “Yeah!” People notice these things. That’s good. I feel encouraged. Maybe more people will GO GREEN if I keep it up.

Ok, back to the job. PERFECT. FOR. ME. Finding the cure for cancer, educating people about cancer, healthy lifestyles, etc… all important to me. Cycling? I love it, and I really believe more people should do it. This job would combine two of my passions. Not only that, I would truly be in my element. Planning, budgeting, organizing… All up my alley. It’s my thing. This job should be MINE.

All of you who have been hoping, praying, crossing fingers (and toes), and all that good stuff, THANK YOU. It’s paid off so far. Please don’t stop. I’m convinced that you’re my good luck charm. Keep on keeping on! The interview is on Saturday. I’m happy to have some time to mentally prepare, but not too much time to psych myself out. It’s going to be a-okay. Right?

It’s Thursday!

Today, I’m thankful for:

  1. The call for an interview. It’s really time for me to leave this job. I know it’s time to go when I have zero interest in completing tasks and spend most of my time daydreaming, surfing the net, hiding (don’t ask), and planning life when I have my own business. The interview is at 11am tomorrow. With traffic, and wanting to be there a little early, I’ll have to be on my way by 10am. They’ll probably run late, and the interview may take a while. This means I’ll be calling in sick.
  2. The rain that stopped in time for me to run out for something to eat. I have to go grocery shop this evening. I didn’t really have anything to bring for lunch. Of course, on the one day that I don’t bring lunch, it rains. Lol. I was able to go out after 1pm. Yay!
  3. Finding my LIME GREEN Nalgene water bottle. I went to my aunt’s, and went digging in her fridge for my iron medication I left when I moved out a few months ago. There, waaayyy at the back, sat the bottle I’ve been looking for. For 3 months.
  4. Seeing my paternal grandmother and uncle today. Now, my grandmother has a very distinctive voice. She is extremely well spoken. Especially for a Bahamian. (Bahamians tend to have heavy accent and really bad dialect.) She doesn’t use dialect. Well, only VERY intentional. She was having normal conversation with a salesperson, and automatically, my ears wagged. I said, “That. Is definitely. Grammy Jacquie.” And it was. She was with Uncle Scottland (whose name is really just Scott) which was cool since he lives in Florida now. Good to see ’em both.
  5. A fun day off with my Babe that I can look back at and smile. We had good, clean, simple fun.