Martha Kearney ; THIS CULTURAL LIFE the Political Editor and Radio Presenter Has Her Eyes on a Classical Statue, but Settles for Dickens, Dusty Springfield and a Stuffed Dog
Sauma, Luiza, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
What are you reading in bed at the moment?
I'm reading Suite Franais by Irne Nmirovsky, an amazing novel by a Jewish Russian migre. She was a best-selling writer in France and she wrote it at the beginning of the Second World War. She had very ambitious plans for it, but she was taken to Auschwitz and died there. The book lay in her daughter's trunk for 60 years and rediscovered recently. I had to read it very quickly for work, and it's so good that Iwant to re-read it. The story of the book is very moving, but the writing is good as well and stands on its own terms.
What book have you been meaning to read since you bought it in a fit of misguided enthusiasm?
A book called The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil, which a couple of friends recommended. I started it several times, but have never managed to get anywhere with it. I just found it very difficult.
What have you re-read most in your life?
I tend to re-read on holidays - Graham Greene and Dickens. Last summer I reread Anna Karenina. Recently I went back to Middlemarch, which I'd loved in my twenties. This time I found myself absolutely infuriated with Dorothea. I saw it in a completely different light.
What music's playing in your kitchen at present?
A CD that a friend did for me, by the band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. I think they're fantastic. It's a progression of the kind of music I like - Talking Heads, David Byrne, Arcade Fire. That's what led me to them. I love the opening track - it's like fairground music, with that Wurlitzer sound.
And in your car?
I don't do very much driving. It would be something to my husband's taste.
What's the least disposable pop song you've heard?
Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man". It's enduring. I could listen to it again and again and again. It has a depth.
And the most dispensable piece of classical music?
Ravel's Bolero, because it's so tainted by other images. Since Torville and Dean it's impossible to think of it in any other light.
Who should play you in the Hollywood version of your life? And who would be your nemesis in the last reel?
Katherine Hepburn would come up with all the witty …
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Publication information: Article title: Martha Kearney ; THIS CULTURAL LIFE the Political Editor and Radio Presenter Has Her Eyes on a Classical Statue, but Settles for Dickens, Dusty Springfield and a Stuffed Dog. Contributors: Sauma, Luiza - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent on Sunday (London, England). Publication date: March 26, 2006. Page number: 3. © 2009 The Independent on Sunday. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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