Paying for Every Word, An Interview with Margot Livesey, New Letters: A Magazine of Writing & Art. Ms.Livesey is author of The House On Fortune Street (2008) and has been praised by Diane Johnson who speaks of M.L's "distinctive and enchanting mixture of tenderness and quirkiness... and the perfect language" which captures the inner lives of her characters.
Reading what Margot Livesey has to say about her studies with novelist Brian Moore at the University of Toronto and her own teaching, I feel a pang... retired since 2000, I miss being in the classroom, seminars, working with a group of a dozen or so writers. Just part time, just once in a while, that's what I want... I like to teach and, nine years after retiring, I'm ready to do more... and NOT for the money...
Ms. Livesey says her attentions "are currently split between almost spiritual questions about what's at the heart of the story and more quantifiable matters of syntax and diction... I've become more deeply concerned with what the story is about. If you can just figure that out at the deepest level, you can somehow figure out how to embody the story, how to dress it so that it can go out to meet its readers."
She mentions Nabakov and goes on to say "every writer needs three things, and I know two of them are a reader and a dictionary. But what makes readers participate in a story? What makes these little black marks on a page take up life in a reader's brain. I think reading and writing are among our most mysterious activities..."
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