Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Like a cat loves a bird
There is a review/digested read of Martin Stannard's biography of Muriel Spark in April 5th's New Yorker. "It is not a criticism to say that Spark's stories don't stick with a reader; the sense one gets of their being quickly erased - snatched - from memory seems a final touch of authorial assertion, a last bit of discomfiting performed by an artist who believed in God, and was determined, in her books, not simply to suggest His presence but to act just like Him." - Thomas Mallon in The New Yorker.
Saying this, it has always stuck with me that the precocious 17 year old Chris Wiley, of Spark's final book The Finishing Touch (2004), was seemingly a fan of Phil Collins.