Moral Disorder

Margaret Atwood is a terrific writer. I picked up her collection of stories, Moral Disorder, in the Vancouver airport a couple of days ago and have been reading it in little sips. There is a transparency to the prose that creates an acute sense of the real. (I am in love with the real.) But what really gets to me is a tone of detached good humor that is deeply intelligent without the least bit of showing off. As I'm now a beginning writer of short stories, I take these as models to aspire to.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

3 thoughts on “Moral Disorder

  1. You’re right abt Atwood. But something else i recall when in the early 70’s she came to San Francisco to read her poems (she was thought of as a poet then) more than once and my painter and other artist friends were lining up because of her poems. She delighted visual and plastic artists and they flocked to her readings.

  2. Laura, sometimes something is so good I don’t want to finish it too quickly. Other times, alas, I gulp down narrative in big swallows.

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