There will be wine, there will be pie, there will be copies of the book. Best of all there will be the brilliant Ms. Oyeyemi, whom I’m incredibly excited to meet.
“ Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’
“ M A, whom I had offended, said to me one day:
“You dislike me.”
“When did you think I had the time to do that?”
For people think of everything, they imagine every sort of hypothesis, apart from one—that one works and that one takes no notice of them.
"…there was some excitement about her that seemed to reflect all the excitement of the world….
He was enough older than Nicole to take pleasure in her youthful vanities and delights, the way she paused fractionally in front of the hall mirror on leaving the restaurant, so that the incorruptible quicksilver could give her back to herself…. He tried honestly to divorce her from any obsession that he had stitched together—glad to see her build up happiness and confidence without him; the difficulty was that, eventually, Nicole brought everything to his feet, gifts of sacrificial ambrosia, of worshipping myrtle.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night
(Image of Jennifer Jones and Jason Robards, Jr., who played Nicole and Dick Diver in the 1962 movie)
Sunday quiz: Why do you love the devil?
Do you “love the devil”? A handy list for sinners!
Some of my work can be described as gothic because it deals with the supernatural. I have often found that the supernatural is a good factor for intensifying the vision of a story. It gives an extra dimension. It also helps to increase the element of suspense by which the reader is induced to turn the pages.
— Muriel Spark, “Pensée, The Supernatural,” collected in the forthcoming The Informed Air
For Dr. Seuss's 110th birthday today, The Seven Lady Godivas – his little-known, body-positive “adult” book of nudes.
Based on the legend of Lady Godiva, “the story of nudist sisters who, after their father’s death, pledge not to wed until each of them has ‘brought to the light of the world some new and worthy Horse Truth, of benefit to man.’”
My digs in London were now 13 Baldwin Crescent, Camberwell, in a less fashionable part than in my old Kensington haunts. I had brought with me from the country a beautiful half-Persian stray cat, Bluebell, about whom I have written in poetry and prose. She was an extraordinary animal; I loved her dearly.
Muriel Spark in her autobiograpy, Curriculum Vitae
Muriel Spark’s cat, Bluebell, whom she called “a gifted clairvoyant” who “would sit on my notebooks if what I had written therein was all right.”