Friday, April 29, 2016

Jenny Diski, R. I. P.

The New York Times: Jenny Diski, a British writer who channeled the turmoil of her early years, which included suicide attempts and confinement in mental hospitals, into a stream of richly observed and mordant novels, memoirs and essays, died on Thursday at her home in Cambridge, England. She was 68.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


Todd Mason said...

John Clute noted on FaceBook:
'Jenni Diski just died. Speaking as one (of the many of us) who has had cancer (7 years "clear" of prostate now), and who has gone on in the past about the pugilistic rhetoric people use to respond to it, I was enormously chuffed by what she said, sometime within the last year: "Under no circumstances is anyone to say that I lost a battle with cancer. Or that I bore it bravely. I am not fighting, losing, winning or bearing."'

--But it is a way to describe the anger, how one attempts to channel it on one's behalf, at least some of us, some of the time. I"m reminded of Sturgeon's story "The Heart."

Bill Crider said...

I wondered how she'd describe it, but she didn't say.