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Mar 13th 2017 by NCAAcom • 25 Questions • 4359 Points
I am the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. My novels include The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin (winner of the 2000 Booker Prize), Oryx and Crake (short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize), The Year of the Flood, and—my most recent novel—Hag-Seed.
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Hello: Now it is time to say goodbye! Thank you for all your questions, and sorry I could not get to the end of all of them... save for next time! Very best, Margaret
Any idea why the committee seems to love the Arkansas vs UNC match up?
Hey Anthony! I'm a huge Bayside fan and the mod over at the Bayside subreddit, /r/baysideisacult. You should check it out!
Is it true that everyone is Bayside is having kids so that you guys can teach them to play music and start the next rock supergroup?
Was there anything you experienced as a director that changed your outlook as an actor? Thanks Ewan!
What is your guilty pleasure film that you hate to admit you enjoy?
We have no idea. But, red vs. blue teams have been the most common matchup in the tournament's history. Good news for the Tar Heels, blue teams are 271-196 in those games.
and yes, I do think our kids will all be forming a ripping band in the near future
There are no guarantees, but my colleague from the ACLU has a link to best practices he will share.
But the first step should be to demand that Congress not repeal the current rules. Without them, ISPs don't have to tell you when your information has been breached. They also wouldn't have to ask your permission to share personal information like SS#, geolocation, and web browsing history.
Haha there are so many of them! Just say Miss Congeniality again on a plane -- very funny! Also The Producers and Young Frankenstein. Also Singing in the Rain when depressed. In the World O Vampires, I am a Christopher Lee fa; but also Let The Right One In, Swedish version. Night of the Living Dead, first one... a classy low budget horror film I could go on... :D
Well, there's Duke, UNC, Kansas, UCLA, and Kentucky, so there's that.
I'd just like to say that being a kid from Long Island in the early 2000's, listening to Bayside and being able to connect with people through your music, got me through some of the toughest times of my life. How does it feel knowing you've influenced so many lives?
Thank you so much for writing The Handmaid's Tale. It was the book that got me hooked on dystopian novels.
What was your inspiration for the story?
Yep. Six of the 10 winningest teams since 1985 are blue — 1. Duke, 2. UNC, 3. Kansas, 4. Kentucky, 5. UConn, and 10. UCLA. Those six teams have 18 of the past 32 national championships as well.
Ooo, three main things: 1) What some people said they would do re: women if they had the power (they have it now and they are); 2)17th C Puritan New England, plus history through the ages -- nothing in the book that didn't happen, somewhere and 3) the dystopian spec fics of my youth, such as 1984, Ray Bradbury;s Fahrenheit 451, etc. I wanted to see if I could write one of those, too.
Good point - who are the best red teams? Lousivlle, Ohio State, Wisconsin, NC State, UNLV? Does not have the historic power of blue teams.
EDIT - I meant historically, not this season.
I'd love to hear the answers to this!!
What is a book you keep going back to read and why?
PS, Thank you so much!
Arizona is the top red team with 52 tournament wins since 1985. Then you've got Louisville (48), Indiana (35), Oklahoma (35), Maryland (32), Ohio State (32), and Wisconsin (32). Only six red teams have won a national championship since 1985 — Louisville, Arizona, Indiana, Maryland, Arkansas and UNLV
This is going to sound corny but Shakespeare is my return read. He knew so much about human nature (+ and minus) and also was an amazing experimenter with language. But there are many other favourites. Wuthering Heights recently. In moments of crisis I go back to (don't laugh) Lord of the Rings, b/c despite the EVIL EYE OF MORDOR it comes out all right in the end. Whew.
Woah, now that is a very interesting statistic! I might even just do another "just for fun" bracket and pick based off teams colors to see what happens. Any other color match ups besides red and blue that are statistically significant?
Favorite episode of The Office?
The Handmaid's Tale gets thrown out as your current worst-case scenario right now but I read The Heart Goes Last a few months ago and I was surprised how possible it felt. Was there a specific news story or event that compelled you to write that particular story?
I have to say- The Handmaid's Tale changed my life when I read it in high school. I was raised in a conservative town by conservative parents and it challenged so much of what I believed to be true and steered me towards a completely different path. Thank you so much for everything you've shared with the world and continue to share. You're an inspiration.
We've actually got an entire article on the breakdown of historical winning percentage for every color. A couple of fun facts from the data, only blue, orange, and yellow teams have a positive winning percentage in the tournament since 1985. Also, brown and yellow teams have never played each other. Here's the article, which includes a table of every color head-to-head record since 1985: http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/bracket-beat/2017-02-21/march-madness-why-you-should-always-pick-blue-and-orange
And if you want to pick yet another bracket based on mascots, we've got you covered there too: http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/bracket-beat/2017-03-01/march-madness-how-pick-your-ncaa-tournament-bracket
It wasn't hard. It seems like Renton's been sitting inside me for 20 years just waiting to come out again.
Thank you. The Heart Goes Last -- yes, came from my interest in what happens when a region's economy collapses and people are really up against it, and the only "business" in which people can have jobs is a prison. It pushes the envelope (will there really be some Elvis robots?) but again, much of what was only speculation then is increasingly possible.
Every year I pick based on which mascot would win in a hypothetical fight.
Based on your expertise, how should I handle games between birds (or other flying things) against storms (like cyclones and hurricanes)?
I would assume that the storms would win, but the birds could simply outfly the storm until it dissipates.
Max, any chance you'll take on some recent political issues via song? Your bluntness is refreshing.
Thank you so much for everything you do! I don't even know how to give you a compliment that sums up everything I want to say about your writing and your existence.
I do especially want to thank you for the sophisticated presentation of feminism in your literature. As feminism goes through its latest identity crisis, I find myself also struggling with what it means to me.
My question(s): How, if at all, has your feminism changed over the last decade or so? Can you see these changes taking place throughout your literature? Lastly, can you offer any advice for feminists of the millennial generation? What mistakes are we making/repeating? What are our priorities in this political climate?
Thank you again :)
Great strategy. Bird and Weather teams have only met 11 times in the NCAA tournament since 1985, and your first guess is correct — Weather teams hold the 7-4 (63.6%) advantage. Against all other mascots, Weather teams win 47.9% of games, while Bird teams win 48.1% of games against all mascots but Weather. We went into (probably way too much) detail on the history of mascot matchups in the tournament here: http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/bracket-beat/2017-03-01/march-madness-how-pick-your-ncaa-tournament-bracket
our next record isn't political but it's socio-political in nature and is about one aspect, a direct product of the kind of society that could actually elect Donald Trump - mb
Members of Congress, like Chairman Thune have been openly critical of Title II and have made clear their intention to undo broadband reclassification (check out yesterday's FCC oversight hearing http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=B9D3B299-E3CC-480A-B09B-1DEF0512A57C )
There's no actual bill yet in Congress but undoing reclassification would be a disaster for broadband privacy. Section 222 of the Communications Act (the privacy law) only applies to broadband providers because of Title II.
Title II is the direct and right path. It's incredibly important not to let those consumer protections be overturned in favor of letting broadband companies themselves dictate terms to consumers. thanks!
Yes I learned it while walking around Arthur's Seat. I think I'll always remember that speech.
Hello: I am so shrieking old that my formative years (the 40s and 50s) took place before 2nd wave late-60's feminist/women's movement. But since I grew up largely in the backwoods and had strong female relatives and parents who read a lot and never told me I couldn't do such and such because of being a girl, I avoided the agit-prop of the 50s that said women should be in bungalows with washing machines to make room for men coming back from the war. So I was always just very puzzled by some of the stuff said and done by/around women. I was probably a danger to myself and others! (joke) My interest was in women of all kinds -- and they are of all kinds. They are interesting in and of themselves, and they do not always behave well. But then I learned more about things like laws and other parts of the world, and history... try Marilyn French's From Eve to Dawn, pretty massive. We are now in what is being called the 3rd wave -- seeing a lot of pushback against women, and also a lot of women pushing back in their turn. I'd say in general: be informed, be aware. The prioriies in the US are roughly trying to prevent the roll-back that is taking place especially in the area of women's health. Who knew that this would ever have to be defended? Childbirth care, pre-natal care, early childhood care -- many people will not even be able to afford any of it. Dead bodies on the floor will result. It is frightful. Then there is the whole issue of sexual violence being used as control -- it is such an old motif. For a theory of why now, see Eve's Seed. It's an unsettled time. If I were a younger woman I'd be taking a self-defense course. I did once take Judo, in the days of the Boston Strangler, but it was very lady-like then and I don't think it would have availed. There's something called Wen-Do. It's good, I am told.
What was the reasoning behind the Shockers (Wichita State) being a 10 seed this year? Strength of schedule combined with overall RPI Rank?
To both of you: I always wonder if members of my favorite bands (especially live) go to concerts (and not just go back stage, but just attend a concert). Do you? If so, what are some of your favorite bands to see live?
Mrs. Atwood, I have only read A Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake, but I really love how you change the rules of the utopian genre, particularly in Oryx and Crake. I wrote a short research paper for one of my classes comparing Oryx and Crake to Thomas More's Utopia, essentially arguing that neither work truly conforms to the utopian/dystopian generic distinction that we try to make so often.
My question would be then, do you think there ever has been a true distinction between utopias and dystopias, or is this just a result of superficial readings of these texts due to their broader categorization as science-fiction?
The reasoning is that their wins are somewhat weak — they pass the eye test, but they haven’t beaten many quality foes. But still! They’re clearly better than a 10 seed — not only is it unfortunate for Wichita State, but it’s unfortunate for the other teams in the South that have to face a team that was woefully underseeded. That’s an extremely tough potential Round of 32 game for Kentucky.
I'm not allowed to ride motorcycles while working for insurance reasons, but when I'm not working I ride every day.
Hello: I have an essay on this in In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination -- in which I coin the term Ustopia to describe the Yin/Yang relationship between them: every Utopia contains within it a little Dystopia, and vice versa. It's one of my literary interests and I have read a lot of them, even some boringly-written now obscure 19th C ones like Bulwer Lytton's The Coming Age. Always fascinating to see what people come up with as a desirable state of affairs.
Hey Max! At the end of "A walk through hell" it sounds like you're telling a story. You say something along the lines of "And I was like stepping on it like... stomp ...but there was no damage." I was wondering if you remembered what story you were telling? I've been curious about it for years
- No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast over No. 3 Florida State – Dunk City has a history of upsets; Florida State is 4-4 in its last eight games. In-state rivalry could add some spice.
- No. 14 New Mexico State over No. 3 Baylor – Baylor is 10-7 after a 15-0 start to the year. Resume is more based on November/December than January/February. NMSU went on a 20-game winning streak in the middle of the season
- No. 11 Rhode Island over No. 6 Creighton – Bluejays haven’t been the same since Mo Watson’s injury, Rhode Island has two studs in Hassan Martin and E.C. Matthews and caught fire in the A-10 tournament
- No. 12 Middle Tennessee over No. 5 Minnesota – Middle Tennesee is a better team than it was last year, when the Blue Raiders upset Michigan State, and Minnesota is worse than last year’s Spartans.
ha!i think i almost rear ended someone, which did periodically in high school - MB
Hook, American History X - DH
I am always reading... many good books! I intend to get the Bailey's longlist and read those, and many more that are on my to-read list. There's an app called Reco where I have an account and post recommendations... I must update it! Homegoing is on it, for example.
Wow I have all of those listed already. Lets go. Do you expect any of these teams to make it past second round?
Hi Max! Long time fan, first time caller. Thanks for doing this.
Any plans to celebrate 10 years of In Defense (my personal favorite)?
Is the Song Shop Fail thing still happening?
WHEN NEW ALBUM?!
Will you and Sherri adopt me?
If you weren't an actor, what job/industry would you have liked to have been in?
Do you find similar pleasure in the slower more immersive experience of a modern 10 hour television series as you do a novel? Any standout shows that you have particularly respected?
Rhode Island has a good chance. Creighton is without Maurice Watson and Oregon (who will probably take down Iona), is without Chris Boucher. They're playing two banged up teams and they're hot right now. That's a good mix.
yes, yes, 2018, yes -mb
Hello: The trend got going in the 80s in England with longer series TV adaptations of things like Jane Eyre. Also the amazing The Singing Detective -- I think it was the 90s. I like to get them once the whole thing is finished and then watch back to back. Longer forms allow deeper exploration, series of connected episodes work like old serial fiction, ie Dickens -- a cliffhanger at the end of each! But I'm kind of a sucker for that. Novels are very different in that they are made of words and words alone: the reader supplies everything else. Note: novels can do smells. Harder in TV and film: you can have people say Pee-yew etc but you don't actually get a description of the smell in detail.
Everyone focuses on the first round upsets. But it's the ones in the 2nd and in the Sweet 16 that kill everyone's bracket.
Anthony. Can we expect a solo album from you anytime soon? I absolutely love your solo work
How did your experience with the 2017 version differ from the 1990 version of The Handmaid's Tale?
Exactly. Last year, Cole Parzych, whose bracket was the last to bust in our contest, picked his first 25 games correctly. But Parzych finished in just the 81st percentile of all bracket submissions. It's what happens in early April, the latter part of the tournament, that matters the most: Here's more on why the Final Four is so important: http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/bracket-beat/2017-01-17/march-madness-brackets-how-important-it-pick-final-four
i hope that I can get the time to again. Bayside keeps me pretty busy and I always said that I would never take time away from the band to work on the solo stuff. Whenever there is a gap in Bayside's schedule again, i'd love to -anthony
Always rehearse the scene with the actors alone, and then show the crew.
Different times (that world is closer now!) and a 90 minute film is a different proposition from a 10 part 1st season series, which can build out and deep dive because it has more time. The advent of high-quality streamed or televised series has opened up a whole new set of possibilities for longer novels. We launched the 1990 film in West and then East Berlin just as the Wall was coming down... and I started writing book when the Wall was still there... Framed it in people's minds in a different way. Also, then, many people were saying "It can't happen here." Now, not so much....
How far do you think UCLA can go? Asking for a Lonzo Ball-loving friend...
You wrote me a song once and I loved it. What inspired you to start doing Song Shop?
Edit: Also, the Say Anthing/Saves The Day 10/15 Year Anniversary Show at the OC Observatory was honestly the best show I ever went to in my life. Thank you so much.
Also, Anthony, I fucking love Bayside. I'm sad I'm missing your tour this time around.
Ewan! You're almost unrecognizable in your makeup as one of the twins in Fargo season 3. That's crazy! What was that whole process like? Were you eager to tackle the role of the crime twins for Noah Hawley?
What was your involvement in casting of the Hulu movie as an executive producer? I love the choice of the highly underrated Elisabeth Moss for Offred.
UCLA landed in probably the second hardest region (behind the East). Cincinnati is no cupcake, both Kansas State and Wake Forest have wins over top-10 teams this year, and getting past Kentucky and then either (likely) Butler or UNC is a nightmare. Can the Bruins get to the Final Four? Absolutely. But it'll take Lonzo Ball playing even better than his dad thinks he does.
why are you missing it? hope you have a good excuse -Anthony
The brothers that I play in Fargo are not twins. The makeup is incredible.
Hello: I didn't have any involvement in the casting -- not my forté! But very happy the way it has turned out, and they are all giving it their every ounce of energy. Elizabeth Moss is herself a producer on this film. She is a very good choice, as Offred is an everywoman -- not an exceptional brave resistance fighter or anything -- caught up in this world and just doing her best to get through it without cracking up or getting killed, and Elizabeth can show that quality very well. And she has to perform without makeup. Many actresses might shy away from that...
I don't see many people talking about St. Mary's. They only have 4 losses, three of which are to Gonzaga. Think they can do some damage?
Ewan, I absolutely ADORE your singing voice! Are you looking to do more musical films in the future? Heck, can we just get an album from you?
In interviews, how often do you get asked about being a Canadian writer or being a female writer? How often do you wish you were asked about either?
Certainly possible, but the truth is – while the Gaels’ losses are perfectly defensible, their wins are underwhelming – they have only two wins against the field (Dayton and Nevada). St. Mary’s is solid on both ends, but we know as little about them as any single-digit seed.
i'm pretty sure ant grew up going to punk and hardcore shows in new york whereas i grew up playing with Maroon 5 on the fucking sunset strip - MB
I'd love to - I love singing in drama. Recording music is such a huge joy.
I have got asked about both a great deal over time. But nobody ever asks me what it's like to be a canoe-paddling writer, or a writer who gardens, or even a knitting writer. Neglected fields! (I'm going to wish I hadn't said that.)
Is Gonzaga as good as most people think? Will a lack of a strong schedule hurt them?
For both: How do you like your eggs?
Hi Margaret! I love your writing. My mother gave the the HT to read in high school... back in 1989 I think. I read it so many times. Did you have any idea it would make such an impact on people? Thanks... I love you!
We'll go out on a (short) limb here and say this is the best Gonzaga team ever. Very few weaknesses. Impact players at PG, PF and C. At the same time, we saw what happened with BYU in round two of that matchup. They aren't invincible. But there aren’t five better bets to win it all.
sunny side up -anthony
Hello and thank you: No, I really did not have any idea. I was pursuing some lines of thought and emotion that interested me... I thought the book might get denounced (which it has, some) or ignored (which happened in the UK at first), but this kind of impact... no, I had no idea.
Will a 16 seed ever upset a 1 seed?
What are some of the most interesting Cinderella teams in the history of the tournament?
Hey Max! I want a song so bad from song shop but I'm so confused about what I want it to be about. What topics do you really love writing about for song shop songs?
Did you enjoy your work with Darren Aronofsky?
Maybe? Probably? Statistically, the odds for a 16 seed winning are greater than zero, but that doesn't mean we're going to ever see it happen. Though, according to users of our bracket game, we're getting closer to witnessing history. Last year, 5.68 percent of all brackets had a 16 seed over a 1 seed. That's a slight drop since the all-time high of 6.2 percent in 2015, but the percentage is trending upward since 2011, when it was just 1.74 percent. But that trend is probably due to the Gambler's fallacy. Looking at the data, there's nothing saying that the 16-v-1 games are getting closer. The last time one of these matchups was even decided by one possession was 1996. Here's more on the history of the 16-v-1 game: http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/bracket-beat/2017-03-07/march-madness-have-1-seed-vs-16-seed-games-been-getting
personally, anything i great but i confess i enjoy the slightly "deeper" songs more whether they're positive or negative. feelings, bro - mb
Very smart team! But that is rather in limbo, as HBO changed CEOs and pulled out. They are looking for another venu however. It's a daunting 3 book project, not easy to do.
Am I an idiot for taking Michigan all the way to the Elite 8? They seem to be just about the hottest team in the country right now, do you think they will be able to sustain this run?
Max, One of my favorite songs from you is "Ahh...Men" off of Say Anything's self titled album. Can you talk a little bit about your head space when writing that song? Does the song mean anything to you now that it's been quite a few years since you wrote it?
Where do you get your amazing ideas?
Any advice for struggling novel writers?
Edit: Thanks /u/Hulu_Official for the Gold. I have been here for 6 years and it is my first gilding!
Not at all. The Midwest Region is up for grabs — Kansas has been playing with fire all season long. Michigan is hot, has shooters and has past March success. Of any team below the 5-line, they look like the best bet to get to Phoenix.
still means very much to me as I'm a believer in the metaphysical and the oneness of the universe and the song is about my devotion to things that are larger than myself, which i king of how i keep myself centered and find meaning in this weird fleeting life - mb
There are no heroes or villains in my book. Bad guys don't think they're bad guys.
Ideas... never a shortage! I think my brain just works that way. Not all of my ideas have been amazing. Some have not, NOT worked out! As they say (I think it was Beckett): try, fail. Try again, fail better. Or something like that. We have all had projects that have ended up as smashed eggs on the floor. Struggling writers: check out Chuck Wendig's blogsite/website at www.terribleminds.com. He has SO MANY tips and encouragements! He saves me a lot of time b/c I would say much the same things myself. He's a freelancer, like me. If you have a day job (as I did for I dunno 16 years or something) the advice just has to cover a more challenging time period (i.e 12 midnite). No one said this would be easy!
What's the best strategy for a non-expert to go about making their choices? Say, one who doesn't really follow college basketball at all, but is always roped into participating in their office bracket bet. Just pick all the highest seeds? Is there some specific trend to look for? I usually just pick Virginia to win it all every year because why not.
Can we get an In Defense Of The Genre tour?
Congratulations on being a Bailey's finalist. Does the novelty of so many nominations and so many awards ever diminish?
And have you ever considered coming to South Africa to do some talks?
Picking all the lower seeds is not usually the smartest bet. Last year, the average score in our bracket challenge was just over 68 points, but a bracket picking just the lower seeds would have scored 66 points. So it can certainly get you a respectable bracket, but it probably won't get you a winning one. The smartest call is to pick a few upsets in the first round, but focus on picking the Final Four correctly — that's where you make your money. On average there have been about 6 upsets in the first round ever year. If you want to have some fun with it, check out our Madness Matchup Tool to see head-to-head stats for every potential matchup of the tournament.
Annie Hall, yo! I'm with Anthony
It's the 5th film I've made at home. I always love working in Scotland. I can visit my parents on the weekends.
I would so much like to go to South Africa but as I say, I am screaming old and long travel is becoming more difficult, for many reasons, not all of which have to do with me alone. I have Duties. It's lovely to be a Bailey's finalist, kind of them, but I am in the Gold Watch and Goodbye phase of my "career" (Lifetime etc. -- hey! I only get one?) so this will go to one of the many fine, edgy books on the list, all of which I will read with pleasure (have already read some of them).
How well does a total chalk bracket do on average compared to the national average?
this is for both anthony and max, but out of every song either of you have ever written, which is your favorite to play live?
Hey Ewan, I took a girlfriend to watch T2 after a Boyle/McGregor marathon and she broke up with me the next day. Can you tweet "WTF Claire?"
I'm a male in his 30s, and I listened to the audio book version of The Handmaid's Tale performed by Claire Danes just this last month. What an incredibly thought provoking piece of literature, one I think all genders should read. How do you feel about the audiobook platform in general, and what concept in the story plaguing the narrator is most terrifying to you?
Great question. Usually it's a little worse. Last year, the average score in our bracket challenge was 68.18, while a chalk bracket scored 66. So it's not the worst option, but it's not a quick way to beat the pool either.
as of right now i really like playing "so numb" - MB
Hello: I grew up in the age of radio, so I am very comfortable with audio versions. Claire Danes does a wonderful job! A good one can add a whole other dimension. Looking forward to the Special Edition now underway at Audible.
Which concept is most terrifying? All of it, I guess. Not being in control of any part of one's life.
How far do you expect Kansas to go this year. As a fan, I always love to see the Jayhawks go far, but it seems that more often than not, they take a beating early in the tournament. I know this can be credited to having a mostly young team, but with seniors like Mason and Lucas, and Graham and Mykhailiuk being talented juniors along with the talented sophomore Vick and freshman phenom in Jackson, do they have a chance to go 5-1 or 6-0?
Serious question: Would either of you play at my wedding?
Hi Ewan! Any chance of a third installment of Long Way Round/Down? Huge fan of that show and it'd be great to see you and Charlie back on the road again.
Thanks for opening up this world and new worlds for us all to explore, you inspire me to write.
-As a young poetry writer I often feel overwhelming pressure for my ‘Big Important First Work’ to be perfect. The issue is that it never feels completely done, so I keep it hidden in my desk. I worry that in a few years I will look back and wish I had written it in a completely different way. At what point do you decide to release a work into the wild regardless of potential imperfections or later regrets?
-What is your opinion on self publishing? Is it better to wait to be picked up by a publisher, or to say screw it and self publish?
-Do you have any ‘writing rituals’? For example, a time of day you write best, a notebook of ideas, or a mandatory cup of coffee to get the words flowing?
Also, where can I find your upcoming speaking engagements? It seems like every time I travel you’ve just passed through and I’ve missed my chance :)
Kansas definitely landed in one of the easiest regions in the tournament, but it's still no cakewalk. Who put a stake through Kansas’ 51-game Allen Fieldhouse winning streak? Iowa State. That could be a Sweet 16 game in Kansas City. But that matchup seems like the toughest speed bump on a relatively smooth trip to the Elite Eight. After that, we'll see.
max will -anthony
Hello: I too have a desk drawer full of things I haven't finished or that I am not yet ready to publish. But send some of them out into the world - then you will worry less. Self-publishing: pros and cons either way. You might try Wattpad for instant feedback. I hand-set my first book of poems (7 in number) but that was long ago. Try literary magazines and online ones? Writing rituals: I would like to have some, but I don't really. It's grabbing time and staying up late, as it always has been, it seems. Upcoming speaking engagements are usually in www.margaretatwood.ca under Events (when we remember to update. ;) Thanks for your q's.
Does he have his license to officiate too?
I am considering purchasing my first motorcycle. What bike would you recommend to a beginner with a modest budget?
Thank you for doing this!
What book do you believe vital for kids to read before age 18/while still in school?
Also: Stone Mattress is a treasure and I have wondered if you had traveled to the Arctic before writing that piece?
i have a license to kvetch - mb
Your learner motorcycle should be an un-powerful one like a 125cc. Your first proper bike should be a Triumph 650 or a Motoguzzi V7.
The Arctic - yes, many times over the years. I started writing the story on a ship there to amuse my fellow passengers, with How-Tos contributed by my criminally-minded partner; there really were 5 men called Bob. Tey got very nervous.
I think kids find books that call out to them if given half a chance. What IS vital is to have a school library + access to a librarian (marks go up by 20% on average) and a home with books in it, even public library books if possible. I don;t like to tell people what they Have to read because it is a very individual thing. I would have to have a convo with a person. Then I might begin to be able to make a recco.
Two random questions for the both of you 1) Favorite city to play in Texas? 2) Favorite shows on Netflix currently?
Ewan, thank you for doing this AMA. I was watching Velvet Goldmine and really enjoyed your penis. How is it these days?
On a scale of 1-10, what would you rate the Hulu film?
We do. The grand prize this year is a toaster that prints the NCAA logo on your toast, so yeah, things are getting pretty heated.
i think the shows are the best in either Austin or San Antonio but i really like being in West Texas
And I just finished Downton Abbey on Amazon -anthony
Have only seen (pre-screened) 3 episodes so far, but based on what I've seen it's a 10. My criteria: puddle of goo on the floor my end of Episode 3. Gasp. Shriek. It goes farther than I did in the book...
Hey Guys, I understand you're Musicians but when your not touring or writing music, Do you have day jobs?
When was the last time you watched the original Trainspotting? Has your view of it changed at all over the past 21 years?
Also, a Reddit constant question: would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses? Why?
Exact odds? We're not sure. But it's pretty high. Since the tournament expanded, 1 seeds have won 19 of the 32 championships. The next highest is 2 seeds, who have captured 5 titles. In fact, only 8 championship games since 1985 have NOT involved a 1 seed. In total, 1 seeds have the highest winning percentage of all seeds (81.9%) with a 411-91 record in the tournament. Here's more on the history of the 1 seed: http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/bracket-beat/2017-03-13/march-madness-getting-know-no-1-seed-ncaa-tournament
Hmm. Good question. Are the ducks dead ducks, or are they alive? Are they Zombie Ducks? Is the horse a Pale Horse? Maybe not enough information here. I think I'd pick the hundred duck-sized horses. Easy to stampede, no? ("Scram, ducks!" Opens and closes an umbrella very fast. That's worked for me in the past, against those weeny ducks.)
Anthony, I just moved to NYC what are some must check out bars etc?
Hi Ewan.did you ever meet iggy pop.and if so is he as crazy as he seems?
What would you be doing right now if you were an American? Would you run for office? Would you protest? Would you be planning to resist ICE?
Definitely possible. FGCU has a history of upsets and Florida State is 4-4 in its last eight games. In total, 14 seeds are 21-107 vs. 3 seeds, and the margin of victory is 10.6 points per game in favor of the 3. Also, in our Bracket Challenge Game, FGCU over FSU is the most popular upset, with 14 percent of our brackets so far picking the Eagles. All other 14-3 games have selected 14 seeds between 2 and 7 percent of the time so far.
I don't really go to bars but you have to eat at the Parkside in Corona -Anthony
I would make a very bad politician, so no, I wouldn't run for office. But I would support those who were running. I would certainly turn out for protests, as I did here in Toronto, wearing a rather strange pink hat. I don't know what else I would do! We are in a time when reality seems to shift every day...
Why do you think upsets are so common in the 5-12 matchup? In fact historically the 12 seeds win their first round games slightly more often than the 11 seeds. Is this a sign that the bracket folks need to do a better job with choosing the 5-6-11-12 seeds?
Anthony, where can I hear your smiths cover band?!???
Hi Ewan! You're one of my favorite actors, and I'm so excited to see you in the new season of Fargo. My question is this: what's your favorite book and why?
Dear Ms. Atwood,
Thank you for writing THE HANDMAID'S TALE. Is there anything in the series, not included in the book, that you feel could have been?
This is very astute. The seeding generally holds up based on data from 1985. Through last year, the 12 seed and 11 seed were exact in their win percentage, both winning 35.9 percent (46-82) of first round games vs. 5 and 6. So it's pretty close. All other seeds go in a steady line of win percentage. But, in 28 of the last 32 years, the 12 seed has won at least one first round game. The only exceptions were in 1988, 2000, 2007 and 2015. We've got more on the 12 seed here: http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/bracket-beat/2017-03-13/march-madness-getting-know-no-12-seed-ncaa-tournament
We only payed one show. We might do some more though. It's a lot of fun - anthony
A favorite book of mine is called Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simon that inspired me to do the long motorcycle trips that I've done.
Yes I think they've got a few things in there (from what I've seen already) that I wish I'd thought of, but we can talk about those after the series, b/c No Spoilers eh?
How many of the top 16 seeds have lost in the opening round in the past 10 years?
Max, would you ever consider just playing guitar for a side-project band?
Do you ever miss Scotland and what was t like growing up there and also what is your favorite kind of motorcycle to ride?
Hi Margaret, You've been proactive in embracing technology and seem really pleased with the new adaptation of Handmaid's. I was wondering if I could ask you how you would feel about a HMT computer game? Could that work and how would you see it as succeeding or failing?
The past 10 years, all 1-4 seeds are 142-18 (88.75%) in the opening round, winning by an average of 15.45 points per game. Since the tournament expanded, the top four seeds are 457-55 (89.26%).
have always wanted to - mb
I often miss Scotland - it was a wonderful place to grow up. I had a very rural countryside childhood and enjoyed independence from a very young age.
I think it could definitely work -- there's one of The Great Gatsby, and one called Plague Inc -- but I haven't given much thought to how it might be done. Not my area but down the line, willing to consider.
All for Anthony (Sorry Max!) -First of all -- your music has absolutely changed my life - but.....Do you check your Instagram DM's?
1) Will you have Vinyls available on this tour? I've been trying to get one for years (I want my purchase to yield you the MOST money - so I'd rather buy stuff directly from the band)
2) Can I somehow play guitar on a song at the DENVER stop of this upcoming tour? I know that kind of interaction with fans is typically not Bayside's thing.. but hey, worth a shot.
3) Would it be possible to do a quick 5 minute interview with you in person for an upcoming project?
Please don't stop.
Hi Mr. McGregor! HUGE FAN!!!! Can I ask, what is the best thing a director can do for you on set? Thanks :~)
Haha, so far it's been watching the results -- but talking with everyone too, and seeing the astonishing amount of energy and enthusiasm that's gone into it at every level. I love seeing people do something they're passionate about very well.
Hey Max, your experiences with bipolar, anxiety, depression, drug/alcohol abuse etc. are pretty inspiring and your art has helped a lot of people get through their struggles with mental disorders and disabilities, including myself. I know that you're likely far beyond the worst of it, but how do these things--if at all--effect your present-day life with touring, multiple projects and family? Been a fan of your's for awhile, best wishes to you.
Was it hard to get back in character for T2? By the way loved it!!!
I cannot tell you how strange this feels. I wrote the book hoping to fend it off, and I believe it will be fended off: America is very diverse, a lot of people have been jolted out of political slumber and are paying attention, and the Constitution still stands. The upcoming Hulu TV series of which I;ve seen 3 episodes is even more up-to-date and chilling than the book, so let's see how that may impact. Support your leaders who are standing against unconstitutional laws; keep informed, as best as possible. Everything is "as best as possible" right now.
Anthony! This is bayside question, would you guys ever do an anniversary tour for shudder?
Any thoughts on doing a Trainspotting 3? Loved the second one so I would love to see the characters again.
it's possible. When Self Titled turned 10, we just pulled it out randomly and unannounced at a couple of shows. We may do something like that or a full anniversary tour. -anthony
Who knows? We'd all be in our 60s.
Ant - I've posed this notion to you a couple times before in person, but I absolutely loved when you and Nick did Gumshoe Radio... one day, it would be so sweet if you guys would throw a podcast of sorts together if you can find time in your schedule; any interest?
What was the jump like from directing a short to directing a full film?
i would love to. we had a lot of fun with Gumshoe. We're all so busy these days though, I'm not sure we'd be able to. I wish I could just put a show together whenever I had time but i think that those things come with expectations of consistency that I can't commit to -anthony
It was a very long jump, I shot my short in 1996 and my feature film in 2015.
Anthony, Bayside had gotten me out of some really dark times when I was younger and I'm really grateful for that. It's a big reason for why I try to make every concert I can in NY you guys do. Holiday shows are always a blast. One question for ya,
1) Are you the one who does that piano for baby Britain and other songs like string me along?
Max, I've always wanted to see say anything live and I'm really looking forward to finally getting the chance!
do you have any plans for working with Kevin Mckidd again? would love to see you guys together in a play !
I play some of the piano on the recordings but sometimes we bring in experts. I played on String Me Along but not baby britain -anthony
I would love that too. Kevin is a brilliant actor and he was missed on the set of T2.
For Max, who're you're biggest inspirations lyrically? Some of your lyrics are so profound and/or poetic I'm just curious if there are any particular lyricists, poets, writers or any other type of person who've inspired your style and how those influences have changed with the years and records.
(Sorry if this is badly worded)
EDIT: I'm gonna see you guys in Richmond and I'm so hype
What as it like directing your first feature film?
Jewish comedians have always been the biggest inspiration fort my writing.. Robert Klein, Woody Allen, Larry David. In terms of lyricists, hip hop was big for me growing up so Tupac and Biggie are a big influence. My friend Chris Conley as well. -MB
It was a life-changer. Amazing.
Any hints on what material we can expect to hear on the upcoming tour?
all kinds of stuff. and we always try to play a lot of old stuff as well as stuff we've never played.
To Anthony, what do you think about St. Louis, Missouri? Rumor round here is that Bayside hates playing here
it's not my favorite city in the world - anthony
Max, what is Rum and The Stephen Hawking about? They're my two favorite songs but I can't figure them out! Can't wait to see you guys on May 6th!
rum is just a song about feeling confident and happy and alive being in a less than credible punk band. stephen hawking is about an immature spat i was in at the time, but it kind of links to the idea of anger and how to manage it, being a free spirit as well as maintaining self respect - mb
dear max, i can't tell you how much you have helped me over the years through your music. i have to be honest and say i love you and never give up on music :D
my question for you max is, while you wrote the song "tradewaiter" for Polarity, what did you mean you wrote "just wait til you see what comes next, you wont know,what hit you"
second question, do you plan on writing anymore Polarity song? or comic books?
third question, are you working on any new albums for SA right now?! can we get a sneak peak of it?
fourth question, when are you coming to Rochester New york next? i know your going to buffalo NY but i dont have the money to travel there or for the tickets :C so next time you tour please come to Rochester NY
Hi! That was an allusion to Tim's life post-story, which I would love to return to in some form, especially as a sequel comic.
Hi Max! I'm a longtime megafan that has been to every one of your shows in Orlando since 2005, and some in other states also. Happy 11th birthday to the ... is a Real Boy album! Just a few questions:
1) Why did you choose to write the song "Less Cute" from a female perspective? Was it difficult writing from the perspective of the opposite gender?
2) What is your favorite SA song with Sherri? (mine is Six Six Six)
3) How are your girls doing on the road so far? I hope mini-Max (aka Coraline) isn't throwing too many tantrums!
Bonus question: At your HOB show summer 2015 in Orlando, I crowd surfed to Ahhh... Men and when I got to the front you held out the mic so I could sing a couple lyrics. I also touched your chest. Do you remember me? Probably not, but it was top 3 best moments of my life and I didn't shut up about it for weeks after.
1) The song is about someone's reaction to misogyny so the story and the character appeared in my mind as female. But I've been there myself in certain ways.
2) I like "So Good" and "Cemetery" since they're so blatantly about her. Actually my favorite is probably "The Shape of Love to Come" for the same reason.
I love both of your lyrical styles. Where/When/How do you write lyrics to get such a great final product?
I'm constantly fine tuning mine. I start by writing things before there is any music. I just write it as stream of consciousness with no meter or rhyme. Then I put it to music and turn it into lyrics. I keep tweaking it all the way until the record is recorded. -anthony
Anthony! Seriously long time fan. Since Sirens and Condolences. I have a two part question. Going through the number of members you've gone through with the band, how would you describe in your own words the evolution you've gone through in regards to who youre making music with? How much of an influence do your bandmates have on your music writing? Thanks for doing this AMA!
we went through a bunch of members early on but it mainly had to do with people not wanting to make this a full time career. When you start a band with your friend in a basement and then all of a sudden you're on tour for 10 months a year and running a business, it might feel like it isn't what you signed up for - anthony
Hey Anthony, Huge fan of your music, seen you guys (full band+solo) at least 15 times around the Philly area.
What's the song writing / album process like now compared to when you guys were a younger band? I imagine it's got to be a lot different since you are all living further away/out of town. Is the excitement still there, is it easy to get the guys together? Vancancy is my favorite Bayside album now, just ahead of Walking Wounded, <3
it's not that easy to get everyone in the same room but we just do all of our writing remotely now. We spend a long time in the studio with vacancy just working out things that we would have worked out in rehearsal if we lived in the same state -anthony
Ant, first SA song that got your attention? Max, first Bayside song to get your attention?
i saw Say Anything play at the Bowery Ballroom opening for Straylight Run and I distinctly remember as a writer being really inspired and intimidated by Belt. -anthony