Ian McEwan (Or His MC) Scoffs at Speculative Fiction

from Saturday, p. 66:

What were these authors of reputation doing — grown men and women of the twentieth century — growing supernatural powers to their characters? He never made it all the way through a single one of those irksome confections. And written for adults, not children. In more than one, heroes and heroines were born with or sprouted wings — a symbol, in Daisy’s term, of their liminality; naturally, learning to fly became a metaphor for bold aspiration.

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2nd from the Annaghmakerrig Book: John Banville

  • Words fail me, Clio. How did you track me down, did I leave bloodstains in the snow?

— from The Newton Letter, by John Banville

The Annaghmakerrig Book: Melanie Almeder

There’s a copy in every cottage.

And every year self comes.

And every time she opens the Annaghmakerrig book, she ends up re-reading Melanie Almeder’s Mock Orange.

And, damn. That opening gets her every time. Every single time:

Mock Orange

Everything on the tongue goes stunned bird
Long past the hissy-fit thralls of April,
rashes of phlox, purple thistle snowing a little.
And then, like too much love,
there was altogether too much gardenia

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