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
ReviewThese heroes in a half shell should have been left in hibernation
Sek, k'athjilari! (That’s “yes, definitely” to non-native speakers).TV
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- 3 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming that the street artist's identity has been revealed
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
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