Margaret Atwood is one of a few writers who defy categorization. Published in over 35 countries, the award-winning Canadian author is as beloved by critics as she is high school students, as prolific with novels as she is her tweets. Her experiments in narrative, form, and genre—as well as her poet's ear for prose—have persisted throughout her decades-long career, and they foreground an explicit yet elegant execution of progressive politics: Atwood is an avowed environmentalist and an advocate of women's rights (though she bristles at being called a "feminist" outright).
Alongside all this is a persistent, clear-eyed examination of sex and the relationships between men and women, as well as a playful sense of humor and discovery; although she's well-known for her novels like The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake, she's also patented "remote writing technology" in the form of the LongPen and written a book to be published in 2114.
We recently sat down with Atwood to discuss her long, varied career, the state of women's rights today, and whether she's noticed that speculative fiction books she published in the 80s have started coming true.
A lot of people have memories of the books being religious—but most of them aren't. What unites the stories, and continues the brand's popularity, is their ability to make you sob.Apr 28, 2017
Start by squatting low to the ground, so low that you sit. Now lie down. Now sleep.Apr 28, 2017
We spoke to teens and sex educators to see how the pop culture era of all-things-anal has affected teens' sex lives.Apr 28, 2017
"It's very stupid because you could easily choke and die but hey you gotta do it for the views."Apr 28, 2017
We watched a repentant Trump voter reach catharsis by having a dominatrix dressed as Hillary Clinton repeatedly hit him in the balls with a golf club. Happy 100 days in office, President Trump!Apr 28, 2017
There's a reason teens are so bewildering to non-teens: Their brains are literally wired differently.Apr 28, 2017
My cousin is infinitely cooler than I am. Who better to teach me how to be a wavy teen?Apr 28, 2017
The Moon, in Gemini, meets with action planet Mars at 5:16 AM, so expect a busy morning.Apr 28, 2017
In Portland, Oregon, a vegan strip club and the steak house-slash-strip club next door are locked in an intense rivalry.Apr 27, 2017
A new study examines how wishing you could do better only makes things worse.Apr 27, 2017