Two Stories by Clarice Lispector Translated by Elizabeth Bishop

In my pantheon of favorite writers, Clarice Lispector is right there at the top.  She's a writer, like Muriel Spark or Thomas Bernhard, who always make me ask when reading their work: Is this allowed? Sometimes her prose has such power I am made to wonder if I have the strength and stability to keep reading. Championed by Elizabeth Bishop …

Dino De Laurentiis, Silvana Mangano, Lalli Kamenetsky, and My Novel

When film blogger extraodinaire Self-Styled Siren heard that Dino De Laurentiis had died on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 she immediately thought of the above clip from Bitter Rice--one of the greatest scenes in the history of cinema. De Laurentiis produced this film starring his bride-to-be Silvana Mangano. It was while viewing Bitter Rice for the first time that a tiny seed of inspiration was …

Muriel Spark “I Accept Everything About Myself.”

Click here to play 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 …