October 25, 2006

Margaret Atwood, alas

Wired magazine asked "sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games" to emulate Ernest Hemingway's six-word story ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.").

Two are worth quoting:

Joss Whedon: "Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so."

Margaret Atwood: "Longed for him. Got him. Shit."

It seems odd to find Atwood categorized as a genre writer. Maybe the odd thing, really, is making the distinction in the first place. But I wonder, did Pynchon and Vonnegut turn them down?

Here's another short work by Atwood, a poem from Power Politics (1971):

you fit into me
like a hook into an eye

a fish hook
an open eye

Posted by Mark Liberman at October 25, 2006 09:48 PM