Despite a probe finding him innocent, he was sacked and accused of sexual misconduct. To defend him, she intervened in the cultural conflicts. She responds, “Why have transparency and accountability been presented as antagonistic to women’s rights?”

In Margaret Atwood’s Essays and Speeches, Some Hazards of the Trade

There is also discussion about employing Tarot cards to instruct writers. Some of the most memorable things in “Burning Questions” are just random remarks that stick in your head.

In Margaret Atwood’s Essays and Speeches, Some Hazards of the Trade

The first thing that came to mind when I read the word “molester” in a newspaper story was child mole-ster, a job for kids.

She frequently discusses market research in her writing. She had her doubts about the “breakfast confections” when Pop-Tarts first started popping in the toaster. They are made of two clamshell-shaped layers of flour product with a glob of jam in the clam position.

In “Cat’s Robo-Cradle,” one of her essays, she offers a moral answer to the issue of feral cats destroying bird populations. She envisions a funfair where the cats can play with squeaky catnip toys and eat catnip sachets for the rest of their lives in order to keep them content.

It brought back thoughts of an encounter a buddy had. He has no money, no work, and his sense of humour is fading. He’s about to get ferocious. He thinks he’s now prepared to be robo-coyote’d.

When Mormon missionaries recently visited, it was only “the full package” that persuaded him to become a Mormon. His visitors were perplexed. He called it “the full package,” which comprised an apartment in Salt Lake City and a lucrative profession, ideally in the book business. On their motorcycles, Mormons sped off, leaving a trail of dust in their wake.

He Won’t Visit a Theme Park that is Enclosed.

Christopher Hitchens said earlier this year that he needed a rectal thermometer to monitor how quickly he was ageing. Atwood still doesn’t seem ossified at the age of 82. She looks radiant on the book’s cover, and the best works in this collection also have that glow.

Just like at any other conference, you can smoke outside while listening to speakers.