Muriel Spark “I Accept Everything About Myself.”

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I came across this BBC interview with Muriel Spark on the magnificent Maud Newton’s website. By way of self-justification for the theft, to paraphrase T.S. Eliot, “Mediocre bloggers borrow, great bloggers steal.” Dame Muriel is at her wry, witty, and subversive best here as it is obviously the only way to respond to her priggish interlocuter’s mostly inane questions. She answers queries about victimology, being called an “authoress,” her clothes, her jewelry, the present tense, being Jewish, being Catholic, being Scottish, and her use of the word “nevertheless.” She is entirely elegant, charming, and seems to be making up everything she says as she goes along. The interview runs about thirty minutes so if you don’t have the time to watch it all, whatever you do, don’t miss the last two minutes as this footage reveals the vintage and essential Spark. If there is one writer to whom I owe this crazy desire to write novels, it is to the author of Loitering With Intent, The Girls of Slender Means, Memento Mori, The Comforters, The Driver’s Seat, Aiding and Abetting, The Finishing School, to name only a few of her brilliant, hilarious, and extraordinarily crafted books.  She introduced me to the idea, in all its complexity, of: “What a wonderful thing to be a woman and a writer in the twentieth century.”

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2 responses to “Muriel Spark “I Accept Everything About Myself.”

  1. Awesome video clip! Now, I’m no woman, but I think I’d choose Zora Neale Hurston over Ms. Spark as a role model 🙂

  2. Clara

    Thanks for this, this is very good. I love how she changes her clothes so many times during the interview, and the laughing skull just made my day!

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