Tag: Margaret Atwood
Over the weekend I watched a documentary called Bad Writing. It follows aspiring writer Vernon Lott as he interviews great authors and poets about the practice and craft of writing in an attempt to remedy his own very bad poems. I suppose it seems a little cheap to criticize Vernon's skills here, but since everyone in the film does (including himself), I won't worry too much. Besides asking his interviewees to read and critique his work on camera — which sometimes feels like rubbernecking — he talks with literary greats about their own artistic ecstasies and hellrides. For a good dose of gawkwardness and inspiration, check out Vernon's interviews with David Sedaris, Margaret Atwood, George Saunders, Nick Flynn, Steve Almond, Yusef Kumonyakaa, D.A. Powell, Brenda Shaughnessy, and many more.
If you've never read any of the amazing novels, poems, essays, or tweets by Margaret Atwood—it's time! And yes, I said "tweets." Atwood has built a huge Twitter following (huge for a writer) and she's used it in really creative ways to keep her readers engaged.