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."
Princeton, NJ : Ontario Review Press ; New York : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., c2006.
xx, 280 p. ; 21 cm.
English Language and Literature
Ingersoll, Earl G. and Atwood, Margaret, "Waltzing Again : New and Selected Conversations with Margaret Atwood" (2006). Brockport Bookshelf. 63.