In 1966 John le Carre, who at the time was a 34 year old best-selling novelist flush with the success of The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, gave an extensive interview to the BBC’s Malcolm Muggeridge.
The interview is a classic black-and-white talking heads format, with the delightfully plummy duo of Muggeridge and le Carre freewheeling through a discussion on fame, literary success, and much…
While doing some research for an upcoming James Joyce article, I stumbled across this great piece by Geoffrey Eugenides (The Marriage Plot, Middlesex, and The Virgin Suicides). In interview, back in 2012, with the New York Times he responded to that classic question “You’re organizing a dinner party of writers and can invite three authors, dead or alive. Who’s coming?”:
First I call Shakespeare.…
Someone said he met his death
Like a lion-tamer
Who decided to tease his animals
Until he could tempt them no longer.
He misconstrued their appetite
And left the circus divided.
Someone called him a ‘Hero’,
Someone else preferred, ‘The Fool’,
A third party argued life was a show
And commended the part he provided.
Whatever the truth of it
He took it with him to the grave.
He left a…
To Scotland on the Occasion of the Vote for Independence
on September 18, 2014
If I were in Ireland three hundred years ago
I would be hedge schooled in militant
I would speak emigrant
I would despise the English empire
with the passion of a poet
whose hands have been cut off
in an age of illumined manuscripts
or whose tongue has been cut out
in an age of epic recitation
or whose dick–home…
Hancock Point, Early Autumn
The swells that breathe about the wharf
untangle mats of sea wrack, and the land breeze
sorts out strands of brackish fume.
Three sailboats anchor the horizon,
and the day, splayed across the September sea,
gnaws and cracks the marrowless sun.
Our season weakens; soon its weather
will bruise the sea with shoals of listing clouds.
Autumn is a bleached whelk chrysalis,
The city of Ascoli Piceno while easy to reach, is also far enough away from the main attractions of the Marche region to keep it off the general tourist track for many people, which is a shame because it’s a real jewel, with plenty to see and do, as TMO Travel found on a recent visit.
One of the main reasons to visit Ascoli-Piceno is to…
“In some respects the Euro crisis is like multiple plane crashes occurring at the same time where manufacturing design faults, exceptional conditions, pilot errors and mistakes by air traffic controllers all led to disastrous and unexpected results.” Brian Cowen [March 2012] 1
On the 1st June 2009 Air France flight AF447crashed into the Atlantic en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing all…
Lost is the title of Trentemøller’s third album, and Anders Trentemøller could be forgiven for feeling exactly that, as we meet up backstage prior to the second show of his 2014 European tour. We’re in the North of Italy, and just a couple of days ago he was performing in Iceland. In two days time, after a show in Rome, he’ll be off to Greece, and then the Danish musician, whose roots lie in both…
Marina Warner speaks to TMO about fairy tales, the paradox of the female voice and why we can never experience the picture of a fairy tale from its text.
It was with a mixture of trepidation and a kind of amazed star shock that I approach Marina Warner. Along with being a novelist, critic and short-story writer, she also happens to be Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre…
If a Woman Should Be Messiah
If a woman should be Messiah
It might not be an impressive drama,
It would be but a slight event and unsignaled
It could not but be beautiful.
And that is about as much as I dare quote from one of the remarkable early poems of Laura Riding(1901-1991) without inviting vituperation, litigation or something worse from the Laura (Riding) Jackson Board of Literary…