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(Globe and Mail)   Of course the person you should take advice about killer robots from is Margaret Atwood   ( theglobeandmail.com) divider line
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2014-05-03 04:39:01 PM  
3 votes:
I had the misfortune to talk to her once. She's a vainglorious, self-promoting, holier-than-thou super biatch who refuses to acknowledge how much debt she owes to other authors. At the time (about six months ago), she was pimping a book that would have been considered a rehashed dystopia in the 50s and NPR was fawning over her as if she had some great revelation. Standard, boring, stock everything.

I don't think I'm angry enough about it. Suffice it to say, her and Sherri S. Tepper need to be shot into the sun.
2014-05-03 08:30:29 PM  
1 vote:
The problem with us as a group of people participating in an Internet forum is that we're already too intelligent, media & technology savvy, or just by virtue of participating in communication in this manner, more socialized than anybody who would find Margaret Atwood prescient or insightful.

Everything she writes comes within a hair's breadth of being really astute and intelligent, except that by passing that close to that numinous and thought provoking emotional and intellectual place it betrays that she hasn't got even a superficial idea about the kinds of topics and themes she wants to present.

//read four or five by fiat
///one by choice
2014-05-03 05:54:03 PM  
1 vote:
I had the misfortune to have a Grade 12 English teacher who thought Margaret Atwood was the greatest writer ever. A full school year of reading her man hating crap got to be a bit much.

Of course, I'm in Canada, so we are all expected to worship the biatch.
2014-05-03 04:39:59 PM  
1 vote:

Benevolent Misanthrope: This from a woman who invented a method by which she can literally phone it in and sell her autograph without having to actually sign it.

I'm in Canada, so I know this will be offensive to Canadians, but...  I despise Margaret Atwood.

There.  I've said it.

I hadn't heard about that autograph thing until your post.  I googled it, and wow.  Just.  Wow.  Sure, there's some novelty in the idea, but when you put that aside you basically have "author who is too lazy to get out of a chair and attend her own book promotion tour."
2014-05-03 04:23:45 PM  
1 vote:
Don't bad-mouth Margaret Atwood. She's a killer robot Canada's Icy Sweetheart.

Who knows more about emotionless WASPs robots than her?

She's a Queen, a Killer Queen. No, wait. Just forget I said anything. I don't want to PO Margaret Atwood. Canadians know what happens if you PO Margaret Atwood.

Back to teasing polar bears. I think I'll try dangling fat Inuit children out of the window. It may not be PC but it gets the bars real riled up and drives 'em wild.
2014-05-03 10:25:32 AM  
1 vote:

propasaurus: Well, she was right about Handmaid's Tale.

Said it in another thread: WTF with the bullshiat symposium?

At least Orwell had his postlude separate.
2014-05-03 05:00:14 AM  
1 vote:
Well, she was right about Handmaid's Tale.
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