By Susannah Clapp
Angela Carter used to be some of the most bright voices of the 20th century: a lot studied, copied and cherished. while she died on the age of fifty-one, she had released fifteen books of fiction and essays; outrage at her omission from the shortlists of any Booker Prize resulted in the root of the Orange Prize. February 2012 may be the 20th anniversary of her dying yet no biographical paintings has but appeared.
Susannah Clapp and Angela Carter have been acquaintances for years. The postcards that Carter despatched to her shape a paper path via her existence. the images she despatched have been occasionally family, occasionally flights of delusion and surrealism. The messages have been constantly smelly.
From Stratford, Ontario, she defined that Canada was once 'like Scandinavia, with liquor'. From the States, the place she was once smarting from a severe onslaught within the London evaluate of Books, the place Susannah then labored, she despatched a terrifying photograph of Texan chili, with the message: 'Carter's respond to the critics ... is going via you're keen on a dose of salts ... I'd cherished to feed it to that drivelling wimp...'
Through the medium of her postcards - small records which are the emails of the 20th century - Susannah Clapp will evoke Angela Carter's anarchic intelligence, her fierce politics, the richness of her language, her ribaldry, the nice swoops of her mind's eye; she's going to additionally say whatever approximately her existence. Intimate, humorous, unforeseen, it is going to trap this particular artist at the wing.
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Happy people make better friends, colleagues, and citizens. I wanted to be one of those people. I knew it was certainly easier for me to be good when I was happy. I was more patient, more forgiving, more energetic, more lighthearted, and more generous. Working on my happiness wouldn’t just make me happier, it would boost the happiness of the people around me. And—though I didn’t recognize this immediately—I started my happiness project because I wanted to prepare. I was a very fortunate person, but the wheel would turn.
Ever since that room redecoration, I’ve been exercising regularly. I never push myself hard, but I get myself out the door several times a week. For a long time, however, I’d been thinking that I really should start strength training. Lifting weights increases muscle mass, strengthens bones, firms the core, and—I admit, most important to me—improves shape. People who work out with weights maintain more muscle and gain less fat as they age. A few times over the years, I’d halfheartedly tried lifting weights, but I’d never stuck to it; now, with my resolution to “Exercise better,” it was time to start.
What should I do to become happier? First I had to identify the areas to work on; then I had to come up with happiness-boosting resolutions that were concrete and measurable. For example, everyone from Seneca to Martin Seligman agreed that friendship is a key to happiness, and sure, I wanted to strengthen my friendships. The trick was to figure out how, exactly, I could accomplish the changes I sought. I wanted to be specific, so I’d know exactly what I was expecting from myself. As I reflected on possible resolutions, it struck me again how much my happiness project would differ from anyone else’s.
A Card From Angela Carter by Susannah Clapp