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Reading dystopian fiction, we know we’re capable of really awful things, we’re also capable of really pretty wonderful things. And we’re smart and inventive
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When Margaret started writing, it was open season for her
Nobody was there to tell her what to do; there were no writing schools. She wrote both poetry and prose
Novels are 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. Writing novels is work, you have to put in the hours
For poetry, it’...
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Margaret Atwood is 82 years young. Is longevity determined by genetics? Margaret’s mom lived to 97.
Curiosity is a big factor; her parents were always curious. She is curious about new technologies. She is also a big fan of astrology, she reads palms and does horoscopes.
She got into ...
Nature does not deal in closed boxes. Everything in nature is on a bell curve, some forms cannot be put into closed boxes (liminal beings) e.g. the platypus
We all contain multitudes; just because Margaret is a woman and a writer, it doesn’t mean that’s the end of the story.
You don’t know when something may strike you and that’s why poets are so annoying to people who are not poets
Hope is built on a very fundamental level
How to find hope in the face of the climate crisis?. The climate crisis is real, but we are inventing a lot of new things. We are looking at the problem, and coming up with answers. The 19th century was a century of utopias: “They wrote a lot of the...
I always want to know what’s the upside, what’s the downside, cost-benefit, but also what are people using this for?
Margaret was always an avid reader and she read a lot as a teenager in the 50s. What you read as a teenager has the biggest influence when you start writing
She wanted to write something like 1984, but with women, It’s all about the people you are drawn to and the skills you have at the mom...
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It seems unlikely that fiction can be capable of influencing people's real-world outlooks. However, a growing body of research shows people subconsciously incorporate lessons from fictional stories into their beliefs, attitudes, and value judgments.
Dystopian fiction is likely to be very p...
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