Waltzing Again : New and Selected Conversations with Margaret Atwood


Waltzing Again : New and Selected Conversations with Margaret Atwood



Edited by Earl G. Ingersoll [College at Brockport emeritus].

"I don't mind being 'interviewed' any more than I mind Viennese waltzing—that is, my response will depend on the agility and grace and attitude and intelligence of the other person. Some do it well, some clumsily, some step on your toes by accident, and some aim for them."—Margaret Atwood

This gathering of 21 interviews with Margaret Atwood covers a broad spectrum of topics. Beginning with Graeme Gibson's "Dissecting the Way a Writer Works" (1972), the conversations provide a forum for Atwood to talk about her own work, her career as a writer, feminism, and Canadian cultural nationalism, and to refute the autobiographical fallacy. These conversations offer what Earl Ingersoll calls "a kind of 'biography' of Margaret Atwood—the only kind of biography she is likely to sanction." Enlivened by Atwood's unfailing sense of humor, the interviews present an invaluable view of a distinguished contemporary writer at work.

From the Interviews:

"Let's not pretend that the interview will necessarily result in any absolute and blinding revelations. Interviews too are an art form; that is to say, they indulge in the science of illusion."

"I don't think you ever know how to write a book. You never know ahead of time. You start every time at zero. A former success doesn't mean that you're not going to make the most colossal failure the next time."



Publication Date


Publication Information

Princeton, NJ : Ontario Review Press ; New York : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., c2006.

xx, 280 p. ; 21 cm.


English Language and Literature




Located in Drake Library at: PR9199.3.A8 Z46 2006

CONTENTS: Dissecting the way a writer works / Graeme Gibson -- A question of metamorphosis / Linda Sandler -- My mother would rather skate than scrub floors / Joyce Carol Oates -- Dancing on the edge of the precipice / Joyce Carol Oates -- Defying distinctions / Karla Hammond -- Articulating the mute / Karla Hammond -- Using what you're given / Jo Brans -- Tightrope-waling over Niagara Falls / Geoff Hancock -- Waltzing again / Earl G. Ingersoll -- There are no texts without life / Beryl Langer -- Opening a door onto a completely unknown space / Mary Morris -- The beaver's tale / Bruce Meyer and Brian O'Riordan -- The ancient mariner experience of writing, and reading / James McElroy -- Struggling with your angel / Beth Richards -- Fining the inner silence to listen / Gabrielle Meltzer -- To write is to wrestle with an angel in the mud / Rudolf Bader -- Not a cash crop / John Stone -- Starting with the back shelves of the museum / Rebecca Garron -- Letting the words do the work / Evan Solomon -- Fifty-two ways of making butter / Ann Heilmann and Debbie Taylor -- Awaiting the perfect storm / Martin Halliwell.

Waltzing Again : New and Selected Conversations with Margaret Atwood