MUNRO: Reading was my life really until I was thirty. I was living in books. The writers of the American South were the first writers who really moved me because they showed me that you could write about small towns, rural people, and that kind of life I knew very well. But the thing about the Southern writers that interested me, without my being really aware of it, was that all the Southern writers whom I really loved were women. I didn’t really like Faulkner that much. I loved Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, Katherine Ann Porter, Carson McCullers. There was a feeling that women could write about the freakish, the marginal.
INTERVIEWER: Which you’ve always done as well.
MUNRO: Yes. I came to feel that was our territory, whereas the mainstream big novel about real life was men’s territory. I don’t know how I got that feeling of being on the margins, it wasn’t that I was pushed there. Maybe it was because I grew up on a margin. I knew there was something about the great writers I felt shut out from, but I didn’t know quite what it was. I was terribly disturbed when I first read D. H. Lawrence. I was often disturbed by writers’ views of female sexuality.
INTERVIEWER: Can you put your finger on what it was that disturbed you?
MUNRO: It was: how I can be a writer when I’m the object of other writers? Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 137, Alice Munro (via thelifeguardlibrarian)
Notes on a Weekend
*Photo taken by me in Prospect Park on 5/11/2013
It was supposed to rain all day on Saturday. I love making plans, and as such, made a ton of plans for us that involved staying safely indoors. But, by some stroke of luck, Saturday turned out to be really beautiful. It was the second warm day in a row, and something about that made me finally feel like spring was making its way towards Brooklyn. We spent part of the afternoon walking around Prospect Park and I got so excited scheming up summer plans. A few thoughts!
1. New York in best in the summer, but sometimes the season ends and I realize I didn’t do one of the handful of things that happen only during this season. This year, I plan to spend an hour adding to my calendar all of the Prospect Park shows, Brooklyn Bridge Park movies, and other outdoor events I want to attend. I’m guessing I will only make it to about half of the things that are on my calendar but I like the idea of realizing that a free night nicely coincides with seeing a show in the park. I suggest you do the same! A few links to get you started:
2. When T and I were wandering in the park I remembered how when my brothers visited last year we played Frisbee golf in the park one night. I first learned to play in college, where we would make up our own course as we walked around the campus. All you need to play is one Frisbee per person/team. The players/teams take turns picking the “hole” (ie: a tree or a streetlamp) and setting the par (ie: 3 throws to hit the lamppost). You keep score the same way you do in golf, by keeping track of how many points based on going under or over par. It’s a nice way to stretch your legs after spending the day in the office, but since it is a pretty low intensity sport you won’t mind being out in the summer heat.
3. I get up really early on the weekend, sometimes even earlier than I get up for work. I love the idea that the whole day is mine and that I can spend it doing whatever I want. I can normally be found at the Target on Atlantic Ave around 8am most weekends. Mostly because I think I may have a slight Target addiction, but also because no one else is there and I can browse everything in peace. I found this great jug and can’t wait to break it out for summer picnics in the park. On Wednesday I’ll share a post about what summer drinks I plan to make in the pitcher, as well as featuring some picnic supplies we picked up recently in the neighborhood.
I had forgotten that I picked this book up at a sale this past winter. Seems like a good time to finally read it.