Saturday, March 17, 2012

Margaret Atwood Interview

Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale was recently interviewed and the interview was posted in the Kindle Daily Post. I’ve read The Handmaid’s Tale and it was interesting, revealing, disturbing, and is a dystopian story worth pondering and discussing.

(Atwood speaking) “Right now…The Handmaid’s Tale…is resonating.  
                                  How does it feel to be so prescient, people ask?”

“The future is like the afterlife; no one can actually go there and return. So I can’t predict the future; it just looks like that sometimes. I don’t stargaze; I read the newspapers. And the magazines. And the blogs. They don’t tell me the future, either, but from them I can gather bits and pieces that might be fitted together into something fictional but plausible.”

In speaking about her new short story I’m Starved for You, which takes place in the fictional town of Consilience, she adds, “…All the equipment needed is already with us…We are probably the most spied upon generation in history, and the future world of Consilience is no exception….What do they read in Consilience? Because above all else, any self-respecting controlled society wants to control your mind…”

“Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that, for obvious reasons, the citizens of Consilience don’t have access to the Internet…The good news is that you do. Or you wouldn’t be reading this.”
Interview with Margaret Atwood, author of the internationally best-selling novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” as well as forty other books of fiction and non-fiction.

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