Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ready for the storm


Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself.

The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.

Margaret Atwood (b. 18 november 1939)

today is the 70th birthday of margaret atwood, one of my absolute favorite writers. this weekend I finished atwood's newest novel the year of the flood. no one weaves a dystopia like atwood! the book overlaps with atwood's 2003 novel oryx and crake. I hear there may be another book in this series, gosh I hope it won't be a six year wait - I can't wait to find out what happens to the those who survived the waterless flood.

the are many wonderful versions of ready for the storm, this one is by the irish group déanta. the group released the song in 1994 on an album with the same name. the group played together until 1997. I've heard that they regrouped in 2008, however I can't find any information about upcoming tours. the last album they released was whisper of a secret which came out on the green linnet label in 1997.



photo: three-way plug by claes oldenburg installed in 1970 at the allen memorial art museum. oberlin - november 2009

10 comments:

ArtSparker said...

Reminds me again that I want to read this, and Oryx and Crake. Your post is really resonating with me, the rusty unplugged plug...

Betty said...

Attwood is one of my younger daughter's favourite authors. I have one of her novels in my I think I need to put life on hold, just so as I can sit down with a book pile.
Love Oldenburg!

Roy said...

Deanta did this too, eh? I'd never heard their version before. I'm so used to hearing Dougie MacLean singing it (he wrote the song for his grandfather, who was a fisherman), and the female voice I associate with this is Kathy Mattea, who made a hit of it on her own AND sang it with Dougie. It's a wonderful song!

BTW, it's also Mickey's and Minnie's 81st birthday today. "Steamboat Willie" premiered on this date in 1928. I posted it on today's post on my blog.

Kate Hanley said...

So cool. I always mean to read Margaret Atwood and then end up reading another author so now I definitely have to try her. I like the video too!

Alan Burnett said...

I've never read any Margaret Atwood. Looks like a nomination for my holiday book bag. Thanks for sharing this.

tony said...

Batten down the hatches !

Coffee Messiah said...
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Coffee Messiah said...

Have never read her ; ( but heard her on npr earlier this week and this book sounds like a winner.

Hope all is (s)well!

Nancy said...

Loved the music. I will have to look up this author. Thanks for the tip.

edward said...

that big plug is ominous