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November 30th, 2008 • Posted in Authors and Books

Joan Armatrading: The Weakness in Me


I’m not the sort of person who falls in and quickly out of love
But to you, I give my affection, right from the start.
I have a lover who loves me – how could I break such a heart?
Yet still you get my attention.

Why do you come here, when you know I’ve got troubles enough?
Why do you call me, when you know I can’t answer the phone?
And make me lie when I don’t want to,
And make someone else some kind of an unknowing fool?
Make me stay when I should not?
If you’re so strong then resolve the weakness in me.
Why do you come here, and pretend to be just passing by?
I need to see you – I need to hold you – tightly.

Feeling guilty,
And I’m worried, and I’m waking from a tormented sleep
‘Cause this old love, you know it has me bound,
But this new love cuts so deep.
If I choose now, I’m bound to lose out;
One of you is gonna have to fall…
I need you, baby.

Why do you come here, when you know I’ve got troubles enough?
Why do you call me, when you know I can’t answer the phone?
And make me lie when I don’t want to,
And make someone else some kind of an unknowing fool?
Make me stay when I should not?
If you’re so strong then resolve the weakness in me.
Why do you come here, and pretend to be just passing by?
I need to see you – I need to hold you – tightly.

And if you liked that, try Rosie, and Willow.

November 30th, 2008 • Posted in Authors and Books

Pritchett on Beckett

 

Photo from Images of Beckett

This from ‘An Irish Oblomov’ in the great V.S. Pritchett’s book of New Statesman essays entitled The Living Novel & Later Appreciations:

"Beckett’s anti-novels, like all anti-novels, have to deal with small areas of experience because their pretension is to evoke the whole of life, i.e., life unfixed by art; the result is that these verbose books are like long ironical, stinging footnotes in small print to some there not formulated. But there is a flash of deep insight in the madenss he evokes: it is strange that in a gerneation which has put all its stress on youth and achievement, he alone should have written about old age, lonelines and decrepitude, a subject which arouses perhaps our deepest repressed guilt and fears.He is the product of a civilization which has become suddenly old. He is a consdierable, muttering, comic writer, and although he coveys unbearable pain, he salos conveys the emement of sardonic tenacity and danger that lies at the heart of the comic gift."

 I met this afternoon with Canadian actress Tanja Jacobs who played Winnie in a recent NAC production of Beckett’s Happy Days. We talked about what it was like to inhabit this character. Stay tuned for the audio.

November 30th, 2008 • Posted in Authors and Books

Awesome Authors from Rockcliffe Park Public School

 Students in my daughter’s grade six class at Rockcliffe Park Public School in Ottawa recently wrote and produced their own books. These photos from Thursday morning’s launch party.

Here’s a young man after my own heart 

This project is the brainchild of Barbara Brockmann, an award winning teacher at RPPS

  

 Nice to see the appreciation of books being instilled at an early age.

November 30th, 2008 • Posted in Authors and Books

Audio Interview with Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Lazarus Project

 

Listen to my interview with Aleksandar Hemon on his National Book Award nominated novel The Lazarus Project here at The Quarterly Conversation.