Some of the interviews and forum shows are interesting to me now. There is an interview with Margaret Atwood at age 36 (she says "I'm old..."), where she comments a lot on how she is perceived and received by the public.
- "If they're afraid of successful women, you're viewed as a witch. If they view you as a mother figure, they want you to solve their problems."
- "I was talking about economics and politics, and we all know that girls aren't supposed to think about those things, much less talk about them."
Twenty years later interview on the publication of Oryx and Crake, she talks more about literature and politics than on perceptions of herself:
- "You do get these ideas for books that come more or less complete, you just work them out."
- "You can't tell authors what they need to do." on whether authors should be told to discuss politics
- "America is our big neighbour. And if they go down, we go down. So of course we worry. If a person blows you up on some street or other, he isn't going to see your teeny-weeny maple leaf."
- "I got tired of people saying, why do you always write about women." (on Jimmy, main character of Oryx and Crake)
Also an interview with Mordechai Richler, 1994, about his book "This Year on Jerusalem", where he talks about his changing opinions on Zionism from 1943 through to the date of the interview.
- "I'm saying the Israeli's invoke the dead for mean political purposes."
- "I don't think most Israelis want to be on the West Bank as an army of occupation fighting Arab kids. It's very embarrassing."