Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays, including the 2000 Booker Prize–winning The Blind Assassin; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize and the Premio Mondello; The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Penelopiad. Her latest work is a book of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014). Her newest novel, MaddAddam (2013) is the third in a trilogy comprising The Year of the Flood (2009) and the Giller and Booker Prize–nominated Oryx and Crake (2003). Atwood lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.
A Writer's Dreams
Most dreams of writers aren’t about dead people or writing, and—like everyone else’s dreams—they aren’t very memorable. They just seem to be the products of a psychic garburator chewing through the potato peels and coffee grounds of the day and burping them up to you as mush.
May 6, 2013
Deeper into the Twungle
Not long ago, I found myself having a Twitter conversation with a rotating skull. Its picture shows a skull turning around and around against a black background. Its handle is simply @rotatingskull. Its self-description is cryptic: “I am a skull that rotates.” When I asked it how I might make my own head rotate in this attractive manner—something I have always longed to do, as it would be a visual description of my state of mind in the mornings before caffeine—it told me I should view The Exorcist backwards while sprinkling holy water. Then it sent me a YouTube of itself in younger days, when it still had a skeleton, featuring as the prima ballerina—or ballerino—in the 1929 Disney Silly Symphony, The Skeleton Dance.
March 12, 2012
Atwood in the Twittersphere
A long time ago—less than a year ago in fact, but time goes all stretchy in the Twittersphere, just as it does in those folksongs in which the hero spends a night with the Queen of Faerie and then returns to find that a hundred years have passed and all his friends are dead…. Where was I?
March 29, 2010
After the Last Battle
Visa for Avalon
by Bryher, with an introduction by Susan McCabe
April 7, 2005 issue
He Springs Eternal
Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times
by Studs Terkel
November 6, 2003 issue
Arguing Against Ice Cream
Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age
by Bill McKibben
June 12, 2003 issue
The Queen of Quinkdom
The Birthday of the World and Other Stories
by Ursula K. Le Guin
September 26, 2002 issue
The Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett, 1921–1960
edited by Richard Layman with Julie M. Rivett, and with a foreword by Josephine Hammett Marshall
Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers
by Jo Hammett, edited by Richard Layman with Julie M. Rivett
Dashiell Hammett: Crime Stories & Other Writings
selected and edited by Steven Marcus
February 14, 2002 issue