FROM Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood and Bruce Miller on 'The Handmaid's Tale' In the new Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale , Elisabeth Moss plays Offred, a woman struggling to survive and stay sane in a future under a totalitarian government where a polluted environment has rendered most women infertile. The few who can get pregnant are enslaved and forced to bear children for the most prominent ruling families. Offred was not always one of these handmaids -- the series offers flashbacks to a more normal time when she had a husband, a daughter and a career, a time when she was blissfully unaware of what was happening to the government. Our guests today are Margaret Atwood, prolific Canadian author of short stories, essays, poems, and of course, the novel The Handmaid's Tale , and Bruce Miller, the executive producer and showrunner of the new Hulu series. As many critics have pointed out, the timing of the series seems eerily prescient -- though production actually wrapped before the 2016 election. Atwood, now 77, has seen her most famous novel adapted many times over the past 30 years. She talks about some of those adaptations, what's worked and what hasn't, and what she thinks about Hulu's take on the book. She and Miller tell us how they approached making any plot changes for the new series, when they realized the show might be more relevant than they initially intended, and what they've got in mind for season two.
A 'Novel' Approach to Debt Personal finance and economic upheaval might not sound like subjects for literature. But one of Canada's best-known novelists and poets says that 19th century romance novels, just for example, are really about money. Margaret Atwood's novels, poems and essays have brought her many awards and millions of readers. Her books include Cat's Eye, The Blind Assassin and The Handmaid's Tale. Payback : Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, which will be released next week, is also the title of a series of lectures.
Beyond Identity--A Dark Vision (Part 9 of 10) Tom Wolfe discusses neuroscience and its view that there is no such thing as identity. Margaret Atwood talks about the coming threat to identity by cloning and genetic experimentation. Irish writer John Banville rails that identity does not exist.
Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, Part II In the second of this two-part conversation, novelist Margaret Atwood takes relates women found in poetry, fable and religion to contemporary feminist narrative.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."