Cultural Life: Audrey Niffenegger, author
Friday 23 October 2009
I just finished Lorrie Moore's new novel, 'A Gate at the Stairs'. It's quirky and full of perfect sentences, sentences I wanted to cup in my hands and carry around like fireflies (though the sentences would probably bite).
I don't exactly watch TV. I wait until every other human has seen something; then I watch it on DVD. At the moment, I have a couple seasons of 'Torchwood' waiting for me.
I saw 'Doctor Atomic' by John Adams at the Lyric Opera in Chicago. It was very disturbing, with sumptuous, anxious music. At the end, the whole audience sat in the dark, in silence, and I thought, if the curtain does not go up in a second we are all going to start weeping.
'Telling Tales', an exhibition of narrative furniture and objects at the V&A. Gothic, ornate and unrestrained. As a writer, I had fun spending an afternoon spinning fairy tales for each object.
Andrew Bird, Laura Veirs, The Fiery Furnaces, John Adams, John Wesley Harding, Deep Listening.
'Her Fearful Symmetry' by Audrey Niffenegger, published by Jonathan Cape, price £18.99
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough
MOBO Awards 2014: Jess Glynne hits back at 'ridiculous' criticism of nominated white artists
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - review: Silly, sensational and sensitive
The Apprentice 2014: Nurun Ahmed and Lindsay Booth fired in double elimination
MOBO Awards 2014: Sam Smith sweeps the board with four gongs
The Apprentice, episode 3 - review: Lord Sugar hacks away at the deadwood with double elimination
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters