Print: Profile of Margaret Atwood in The Gentlewoman (The Autumn/ Winter 19 Issue)
As a student of literature, I read a lot of texts about books, which can be both fun and soul-destroying. Ironically enough, it’s easier to theorize the shit out of literature than to figure out what do people really care about. Maybe it’s because I’ve been so sick of everything relativized, mellow and bland lately, but Atwood’s prophecy (as she’s seen by many as a visionary) really spoke to me. What is your herzenblut? What do you breathe for? The piece isn’t an interview, but questions aren’t necessary. The stress is on the environmental and dystopian forces, but the reader also learns how Atwood cherishes her (feminist) upbringing and how she looks into the future that includes both mushroom coffins and hope for democracy. And mainly: how deeply she cares about the world she writes about.
You’ll enjoy it if you liked: Greta Thunberg’s UN speech
Blog: Is Blogging Still Relevant in 2019? by Ivania Carpio
This manifesto is one of the factors that challenged me to find my writing voice and keep blogging this year. Even if you don’t occupy any online space yourself, this article inspires you to cultivate your habits and become a more conscious text consumer. Read it here.
Quote: James Baldwin
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.