Tuesday, 17 August 2010

"I bought it in Vienna. Mostly to frighten the cat."

This 1971 television interview with Muriel Spark has wonderfully old-fashioned contrivances of 'the literary interview', multiple costume changes, the backdrop of Rome, and a closing scene with the aforementioned purchase from Vienna that, I'm certain, sent kitty cowering.
Click here to watch.

Monday, 2 August 2010


If I should learn, in some quite casual way,
That you were gone, not to return again—
Read from the back-page of a paper, say,
Held by a neighbor in a subway train,
How at the corner of this avenue
And such a street (so are the papers filled)
A hurrying man—who happened to be you—
At noon to-day had happened to be killed,
I should not cry aloud—I could not cry
Aloud, or wring my hands in such a place—
I should but watch the station lights rush by
With a more careful interest on my face,
Or raise my eyes and read with greater care
Where to store furs and how to treat the hair.