The Writer's Almanac from Friday, September 22, 2017 “Leisure” by Charles Rafferty from The Smoke of Horses. © BOA Editions, 2017. ORIGINAL TEXT AND AUDIO - 2017 Today is the birthday of English author Fay Weldon, born in Worcestershire, England (1931.) She is best known for her searing, feminist novel,
“When asked recently what it was like to write a feminist book like The Life and Loves of a She-Devil in the early 1980s, Weldon said: "You could see the terrible doom and depression in the early '80s, when women were supposed to be happy with what they had but they weren't. The She-Devil was noticing all this and was a size and a shape that was unfashionable. One became very aware that everything was about the prettiest women, and still is — in fact it's more so now, because there are cameras everywhere."”
Wasn’t there a movie made from this novel? Starring Roseanne Barr and She whose name is so sacred it mustn’t be pronounced?
What an auspicious birthdate for musicians. And the only woman to best Henry VIII and get castles instead of the block.
Suggested addition for Writers Almanac on Sept 22--the date on which Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy for General Washington's army by the British forces in New York.