The Writing Life: Journals, 1975-2005
By George Fetherling
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Confined to a wheelchair most or all of her life, she was a small woman with withered legs and an obvious battle with her spirits. I took her to lunch once after reading some of her poems in the little magazines. (Macmillan eventually released her assortment Prisoner after Anansi and others turned it down as too Atwoodian. ) Later I tried getting her a job, at her request, but wasn’t able to locate anything in the editing field in a development built with lifts. I may still have attempted more durable.
Tuesday, 3 december / toronto J and I to the Winter Garden this morning for the presentation of the Governor General’s Awards. A crowd of a few hundred with many 25199_Fetherling. indb 142 2013-02-08 10:48:52 1991 143 cameras and a lot hoopla. The fiction prize is as expected, yet I am somewhat disappointed that Anne Michaels doesn’t win for English poetry. 29 The simply public shame and scandal is the English non-fiction winner. Harold Horwood must have overpowered Anne Collins on the jury (who would have thought Anne could be overpowered by anyone?
St Clair] Balfour [chairman of Southam Newspapers] comes by, the Brig introduces him to me, and Balfour blanches and walks away quickly. Malone then proceeds to tell me war stories such as what he said to Winston and what Winston in turn told Max: that kind of thing. Says that McClelland and Stewart is bringing out a book of his on economics. God help us. He is jolly. I propose lunch sometime and then push off saying: “I must keep moving, otherwise I’ll be a target in this room. ” He seems to understand and reacts appreciatively.
Booksellers’ get together down at Steve Temple’s shop. 15 A. F. Moritz (b. 1947), poet, author of Night road Repairs and The Sentinel; winner of the Griffin Prize. sixteen Carolyn Smart (b. 1952), poet, author of Stoning the Moon and The approach to Come domestic. 17 Dionne Brand (b. 1953), poet and novelist, author of Land to gentle On and many other works. 25199_Fetherling. indb 153 2013-02-08 10:48:53 154 The Writing existence friday, 24 april / toronto I spend the day with Ann, doing the Spadina galleries, having a look at the architectural landmarks, lunching at Le Select, aiding her choose up a small and absolutely smashing dress (how sexy her bare feet look under the swinging door of the changing room).
Sunday, 30 march / toronto Today I saw the first wino of spring on Bathurst Street. (Where do they cross in the iciness? Is it to the position to which taxis disappear while it rains? ) tuesday, 1 april / toronto Unlisted telephone numbers: the initial sign of societal breakdown? The power of any political philosophy can be drained by turning that philosophy into a religion (exactly the reverse of what was the case centuries ago). He who turns his back on his religion is a freethinker whose intellect has outgrown his beliefs.