Two words you do not want to see the interviewer employ when she’s face to face with Margaret Atwood: “Blimey. Okay.” Despite the dumbing down, Atwood (even packaged Lite), gets off a couple of interesting ones: “There’s always been a popular literature, which people look down on and which vanishes from memory. As a writer, it’s just a question of what piece of tin can and rusty old springs are you going to make into a beautiful sculpture today?”

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