Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Alice Munro, Diana Athill, the LIttle Mermaid and the wisdom (or not) of age.

A stunning interview, all too brief. Thanks to Harvey McQueen for pointing it out to me. I must look up Athill's Stet now - what sounds to be a marvellous book about the writers Athill (the publisher) has known and the books she has read.

Now here, a heart-breakingly beautifulinterpretation of Munro's Lives of Girls and Women. Each word is deeply perfect. The music is "comptine d'un autre été", by Yann Tiersen.


Unknown said...

Thanks for posting this!

T. said...

Oh Mary, thank you for this! Love love LOVE the interview, and then the other piece....sigh. I'm in heaven here.

Claire Beynon said...

What a treat, Mary - thank you; the interview especially. Wouldn't you love to spend hours in the company of those fine (and funny) women?

(And Hello to you in the land of leprechauns and Limerick, T!)


Mary McCallum said...

Oh yes I could spend hours in the company of these women, Claire. There must be more of this interview somewhere - I'll do some research. Glad you all enjoyed it as much as I did. I keep watching both videos - captivated. My daughter too. Such an insight to know Munro invented a happy ending to The LIttle Mermaid. My daughter did exactly the same thing.

harvey said...


Thrilled you found the site. Two great writers and lovely people.

Susie said...

Those clips are so wonderful! Thanks Ms Mary.

susan t. landry said...

mary, the second clip is a beautiful gift this morning. thank you so much!