Turning Points

In an entertaining article for The Stranger, Sean Nelson explains why he has turned from Martin Amis to Ian McEwan in his old age:

Martin Amis’ early novels–especially The Rachel Papers, Dead Babies, Success, and Money, but also Time’s Arrow, The Information, and about half of London Fields–were thrilling discoveries for me; the books seemed to have been written specifically to entertain, even to pander to, my sense of the world. They were arch, aloof, dark, nasty, hilarious, cruel, offensive, unforgiving, stylistically extroverted, emotional but never sentimental, right but never righteous, moral but post-humanist; all qualities I imagined as ideal states when I entered my 20s (and which now, at 30, embarrass me).

Thanks to Emma for the link.


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