Martin Amis — British Author born on August 25, 1949,

Martin Louis Amis is an English novelist. His best-known novels are Money and London Fields. He has received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his memoir Experience and has been listed for the Booker Prize twice to date. Amis served as the Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester until 2011. In 2008, The Times named him one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945... (wikipedia)

Several people, not just reviewers, took me to task for writing about what they called the working classes - something I've been doing for 40 years. I thought that was contemptible - what do they want to do, ghettoize the working class as a subject? Can you only write about your own class? I've written about royalty, am I not allowed to do that?
Novelists are stamina merchants, grinders, nine-to-fivers, and their career curves follow the usual arc of human endeavour.
Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without the thorn.
Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn.
If God existed, and if He cared for humankind, He would never have given us religion.

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