imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - json version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

Novelist Anne Enright Speaks in San Diego

by Mark Gabrish Conlan/Zenger's Newsmagazine Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 at 8:59 AM
mgconlan@earthlink.net (619) 688-1886 P. O. Box 50134, San Diego, CA 92165

Irish novelist Anne Enright came to the San Diego Public Library October 10 to present "The Forgotten Waltz," her first book since her previous novel "The Gathering" won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2007. Enright talked about the pressures of sudden fame, how she combines writing with being a stay-at-home mom, and the roller-coaster ride of the Irish economy from boom in 2002 to bust in 2007. Though "The Forgotten Waltz" is not literally a political allegory, Enright says she meant it largely as a metaphoric portrayal of Ireland during its boom and bust years.

Novelist Anne Enrigh...
enright_goodreads.a.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x396

Novelist Anne Enright Speaks in San Diego

Presents First Novel Since She Won the Prestigious Booker Prize

by MARK GABRISH CONLAN

Copyright © 2011 by Mark Gabrish Conlan for Zenger’s Newsmagazine • All rights reserved

For many Americans, sudden worldwide fame would be a dream come true. For Irish novelist Anne Enright, who for two decades has been working at what she calls “two full-time jobs, writing and kids,” it was at least a bit of a nightmare. When her novel The Gathering won the Man Booker Prize, Britain’s equivalent of the Pulitzer, in 2007, “it made me very grumpy for a while,” she told an audience at the San Diego Public Library October 10. “It was a learning experience — except I’m not sure I learned anything, except I learned about readers in a way I hadn’t before. All my ideas about intellectual or critical response were ditched. I realized that whatever you do, some mad critic is always going to be mad. What you get from the reader is a much more open and much more treasurable response.”

Enright came to San Diego to promote her new book, The Forgotten Waltz — her first since she won the Booker Prize. It’s about an obsessive love affair between two people, both married to others and with children by their legal spouses, who drift into the sort of relationship they feel compelled to continue despite the guilt and wretchedness it trails in its wake. Though she kept the message subtle and veiled, The Forgotten Waltz is Enright’s response to the economic roller coaster Ireland rode between 2002, when its economy boomed so much it was referred to as the “Celtic Tiger,” and 2007, when it crashed largely due to the same insane sorts of speculation on housing prices that would bring down the U.S. economy a year later.

According to Enright, The Gathering — a tale of family dysfunction and secrecy in which nine surviving children of the Hegarty family come together in Dublin for the funeral of their wayward brother Liam — didn’t get good press from the Irish reviewers. “The people who thought their opinion matters said, ‘This is the wrong book,’” she recalled. “Part of it was that in 2007 we were still in a boom, and the shadow of the coming collapse was being denied by everyone. If you undermined that confidence, it was your fault. If you said housing prices were going to go down, it was your fault because you made them go down.”

Though Enright denies any “big nostalgia for the Ireland that was gone,” she said The Forgotten Waltz was her response to the economic boom in her country and the subsequent collapse. “An affair is very much like an economic boom,” she said. “It’s fun. It’s like, ‘Whoo!’” She deliberately had The Forgotten Waltz take place between 2002 and 2009 so it would encompass both the boom and the bust. She also recalled that, despite her determination not to repeat herself, the way the plot of The Forgotten Waltz shaped itself in her imagination led her to end it with a big scene at the funeral of the heroine’s mother.

In response to an audience question about the “suave monsignor” she wrote into The Forgotten Waltz, Enright said that one of the biggest changes in Ireland is “you don’t see the priests anymore. They don’t wear their collars anymore because they’re tired of being spat on.” That, she said, is a direct result of the scandals about priests committing sexual abuse of children and the church hierarchy covering it up, often by moving priests from parish to parish before the police became aware and caught them.

“The last party I was at with a priest was hosted by an American Democratic family in Ireland,” Enright recalled. “The scandals had been coming out in dribs and drabs in America, but it was only recently that an Irish politician had said, ‘Priests have to obey the law.’”

Asked if it was difficult for her to write another book after winning the Booker, Enright said it wasn’t because she prides herself on making each book different from her others. She cited one novel, The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch (2002), about an Irish woman who became the consort of a 19th century president of Paraguay, which she described as “very lush” and a total stylistic departure from the books she’s written about contemporary Ireland.

“The pressure on me would be to do the same [sort of book as The Gathering] and give the people that ‘brand,’ but I don’t have the intellectual patience for that,” Enright said. “I don’t know if America is peculiar in that regard, but I’d already decided that success or failure is injurious to talent. When you write, you’re not writing for an ‘audience,’ but for an individual reader.”

Unlike many writers, Enright doesn’t set a time during which she writes steadily every day. That, she explained, is a luxury a writer who’s also a stay-at-home mom can’t afford. “My two little daughters are a priority,” she said. “I’m writing all the time. I’m thinking about the book all the time. It sort of functions the way worry might. It’s there with me all the time. I write and listen to the kids all the time. I’m never any good in the mornings. My best work is done 20 minutes before I have to pick the kids up.”

Asked what she’s working on next, Enright ducked the question. “I don’t want to talk about it,” she said. “I’m superstitious about talking about a work in progress. The Forgotten Waltz was easy. A lot of people asked me if it was difficult to write a book after the Booker. It wasn’t; it was easy. It’s having the book out that’s hard.”

Enright said she does “a lot of exploratory writing” about her characters and situations before she actually pulls them together into the book we get to read. “There are a lot more words in the trash bin than in the book,” she said. “The Gathering fell apart many times until I realized that it was about falling apart.” She said that The Forgotten Waltz was a technical challenge because it begins on the last day of the story and then flashes back. “If I’d stayed on the day” — as James Joyce did in his famous Ulysses, which takes place entirely on a single date — “it would have been a much easier book to write technically. You spend a lot of time making things up and then trying to fit them in.”

Asked if she had any advice for aspiring writers, Enright said, “I have various little stories I could tell about becoming a writer. It’s just something that spreads throughout your life. I can’t do anything else. It’s been like that since I quit my day job [as a TV producer] in 1993. I’m not enjoyable to be around when I’m not writing. My family will tell me, ‘Go away and write something.’”
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Los Angeles Joins Nationwide March Against Mainstream Media #MAMSM A20 3:04PM

Has KPFK's GM Duncan just dis-appeared? A20 12:35PM

Michael Ruppert dead. A18 6:17PM

Pacifica voting in secret with no accountability? Is this part of KPFK ? A18 3:39PM

Kassim Alhimidi convicted of murder A17 8:33PM

Members of Bundy Family Explain Bundy Ranch Stand-Off With Bureau of Land Management (BLM) A17 1:03AM

Here's some interesting privatization connections in regards to the LAUSD District 1 race A15 4:25PM

Rock, Rap & Speakout vs Poverty, Prisons & War A13 3:16PM

Report Back: 4th Annual Hahamongna Walkabout A13 2:33PM

Pacifica Exe Director position is in confusion still putting KPFK at risk A10 3:52PM

Bernard Duncan, prior GM of KPFK is still in play A08 5:01PM

San Diego May Dai Workers Film Festival A06 5:11PM

Southern California Joins Worldwide Wave Of Action A05 2:31AM

Pacifica board members named here, who attempted ousting ED A04 1:06PM

LA Weekly promotes a slanted view of Pacifica/ KPFK A04 10:36AM

More Info about Pacifica, which holds KPFK's license, etc. A03 2:08PM

Listen to KPFK's staff talking to Pacifica Exe Director M29 7:31PM

Pacifica IS also KPFK, so let's not ignore what going on M29 5:42PM

Reported excerpts of Pacifica's - and that's KPFK's - incidents happening - update M29 5:14PM

Repost from Counterpunch re Pacifica - KPFK too involved M29 2:10PM

Forever intertwined: KPFK, WBAI, Gary Null ? M28 4:10PM

Why is KPFK still failing to thrive ? M28 3:32PM

GLOBAL DAY of ACTION for the Indonesian Rainforests! M27 3:06PM

Opponents of SB County Jail's Letter Ban to Share Progress, Next Steps M27 9:58AM

Pacifica Radio, Rwanda, and DR Congo M26 2:29PM

International Multicultural Literary Magazine Features Armenia in Spring Issue M25 11:14AM

Why is KPFK still failing to thrive ? M24 9:10PM

Home-less-free occupying is not a free ride either M24 8:46PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Kiev Breaks Easter Truce A21 12:44AM

Unacceptable State-Sponsored Murder A21 12:43AM

"Believing without Seeing" A20 4:13PM

Trolling ...what is that ? A20 1:01PM

Canada Targets Russia A20 11:45AM

Russia Bashing Continues A20 12:45AM

Koch Brothers-Style Free Society A20 12:43AM

Arythmie du capital A19 5:33AM

Dissent within after article, Profound Arrogance at UN. A19 4:20AM

Dissent within after article, Profound Arrogance at UN. A19 3:25AM

Kiev Violates Four-Party Agreement A19 12:50AM

Fake Donetsk Letter Circulating A19 12:49AM

Dissent within after article, Profound Arrogance at UN. A18 7:43PM

Flashback to 2003: "Major combat in Iraq is over, U.S. warns rogue Syria" A18 11:40AM

Supreme Court Hears Argentina Predatory Hedge Fund Discovery Case A18 10:28AM

The Shortwave Report 04/18/14 Listen Globally! A17 4:50PM

Four-Party Agreement on Ukraine A17 1:35PM

An Event for All Musicians... and Bring Your Dad for FREE! A17 11:08AM

LION ARK ROARS AND THE AUDIENCE PURRS: RESCUE DOCUMENTARY PICKS UP SIXTH AWARD A17 11:03AM

Ukraine on the Brink A17 12:39AM

More NATO Forces for Eastern Europe A17 12:36AM

Obama Heads for War in Ukraine A16 12:44AM

Israel Seeks Regional Anti-Iranian Alliance A16 12:39AM

Duplicitous Human Rights Misinformation on Ukraine A15 12:12PM

The Augean Stables Of US Justice From Prosecutors To Supreme Court A15 9:21AM

Paraphysique des droites A15 8:51AM

Public Relations - Propaganda as an Economic Branch A15 5:44AM

Duplicitous Obama Civil Rights Hyperbole A15 12:48AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy