From “Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People”, Chronicle Books 2013.
"Looking back on that time—and on that movie—I remember feeling that things were shifting, finally and irrevocably. As Chocano says, ‘For the few years after the release of Thelma and Louise, the culture seemed unusually and (in hindsight) unbelievably receptive to the plaintive howls of a generation of girls who, as I did, felt exiled from the culture.’
I often think how disappointed my young self would be to see things like Seth MacFarlane’s stupid ‘we saw your boobs’ song at the Oscars or all those Republican hopefuls opining that women’s bodies know how to stop pregnancies if they’re raped, or to know that, even now, there’s really only allowed to be one admired female director at a time. I didn’t realize at the age of 23, even though history is full of examples of this happening, that in addition to bending toward justice a culture could go backward.”
Spellbound by sentence
She is one of Canada’s most treasured gems. Literary empress, Margaret Atwood has been wooing the world with words since The Handmaid’s Tale was awarded several times over and recognized globally as a notable science fiction novel in 1985.
Her storytelling is daring. It provokes lumps to form in throats and tongues to lick lips. She caresses words, cajoling them into bold statements and poetic sentences.
Here are a few quotes that seem to make time stop in its tracks…
“I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.”
“Romance takes place in the middle distance. Romance is looking in at yourself through a window clouded with dew. Romance means leaving things out: where life grunts and shuffles, romance only sighs.”
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
“The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn’t one.”
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
“You can think clearly only with your clothes on.”
Atwood’s latest book, MaddAddam, was released this year.
~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider
Marie Watt, Forget-me-not: Mothers & Sons, reclaimed wool blankets, satin bindings, thread, and structural steel, 2008.
"I am a Seneca woman, a member of a matrilineal society. The Iroquois concept of ‘mother’ is broad, extending from one’s mother through a long line of women: ak’sote (grandmothers), ak’sote kowah (great-grandmothers), aunties, sisters, Sky Woman, mentors, friends, leaders. So it was with this view of motherhood in mind – and its dense web of connections extending across generations – that I asked the men I know to suggest women who were significant to them to include in this work. Some of these women were mothers in the physical sense; others gave to our culture in other ways.
The result, I hope, is conversation and communion among individuals: those hung from the web of the circle and those, like you, within it.”
—Marie Watt, Artist Statement