7 thoughts on “In the Interim

  1. I am sorry but I have to comment. Putting a post on another blog in the guise of a comment is cheating!
    If asked to describe you, I would say: empathetic, creative, caring, eloquent, infinitely thoughtful in all sorts of ways, and you have the capacity to think and narrate your way through labyrinths in a way that takes the reader with you without simply turning him/her into a sheep: in a way that opens up creative space for the reader to think.
    But one word I have only recently realized is crucial to understand you is ‘compulsive’. I can see how you managed a thesis at the same time as a small baby; I can see how you get exhaustive illnesses. Presumably it is partly because you are compulsive that you are so insightful. You dont just accept the surface, you dig deeper, open up, welcome difference and oddity.
    Remember you need downtime from that as well! Stop cheating!
    (though saying that I was happy to read your cheating blog too, and I’d bet your other readers will be too)…

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed your responses over there – what a joy to find out I’m not the only person who believes in the revolutionary power of literature…and I didn’t even know that was a French ideal! Great answers.

  3. Wonderful interview! I believe in the revolutionary power of literature too. I’m going to have to start reading more French writers. Does it ruin everything if I have to read them in English? 🙂

  4. Yay! Let’s hear it for the revolutionary power of literature! One of these days I’ll do an introductory guide to French lit for anyone who’d like to read some more. I’ve been fussing over a reading list for Emily for a while, so I ought to get my ideas together properly. And dear Kathryn – you know me as well as anyone, so I hope the good bits of what you say are true. I am guilty as charged when it comes to compulsion!! I’m trying to turn it down to a simmer these days, rather than a steady boil…

  5. Oh, please do post an introductory guide to French lit!!! I’ve been grateful for your answers when I’ve asked you for recommendations, and I’d love a whole post full of them. And thanks, once again, for the kind words about my blog 🙂

  6. Wonderful interview. I, too, believe in the revolutionary power of literature. I also believe there is a reason for everything in life, so now I know why we’ve all managed to find each other. And ( (the British blood in me taking hold) also hope that Dorothy and The Hobgoblin don’t mind that I spend so much time hanging out with them, either (especially since in Blog Land, they literally, quite obviously, live somewhere right up the street from me).

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