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Susan Ito trying to do it all: reading writing mothering spousing daughtering working living

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Say It Isn't So, Alice

I gasped out loud when I read this morning that Alice Munro may be giving up the writing life. Apparently she has cited her "advancing age" and is quitting in the "interest of a manageable life." This shocked me. Alice Munro is one of the writers I love and admire most, whose work I study, to try and absorb just a fraction of what she is able to do.

I guess I had assumed that writers just ... wrote until they died. And maybe some of their last works would eventually be published, and others wouldn't. I didn't imagine making this decision to just... stop. And what it this about a manageable life? Writers aren't supposed to have manageable lives, are they? But I suppose (sigh) at seventy-five, this is her due.

Her final story collection will be released in the fall. I intend to read it very, very slowly, and then go back to the beginning and start all over again. The wonderful thing about her work is that you can read a story twenty times and each time it will reveal something new and surprising. I'm just mourning the fact that it is all coming to a definitive end.


Blogger Bustopher Jones said...

I'm shocked, too, and I haven't even read Alice Munro yet. She's on my list, though, after Hurakami!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 10:48:00 AM

Blogger Nancy Swett said...

I'll have to check Alice Munro out!

Sunday, July 02, 2006 7:59:00 PM


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