Monday, July 23rd, 2012
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Man Has Things To Say

"People talk about dumbing-down, but there’s a parallel process which is a numbing-down. When a poet is asking you to commune with him or her for this period of time—it gives people the creeps, now. That’s why people are always talking on their phones, or looking at their phones, it’s because they don’t want to be alone with their thoughts."
—Even people who absolutely hate Martin Amis will find something with which to engage in this interview, probably because it's about 700,000 words long. (I like it a lot!)

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BadUncle (#153)

I just don't want to be alone with the voices. They tell me to do things.

I just don't want to hear the people who think they know shit.

Aloysius (#1,808)

There's a great line at the end about the difference between Nabokov and Joyce.

"The difference between a Nabokov, who in almost all his novels, nineteen novels, gives you his best chair and his best wine and his best conversation. Compare that to Joyce, who, when you arrive at his house, is nowhere to be found, and then you stumble upon him, making some disgusting drink of peat and dandelion in the kitchen. He doesn’t really care about you."

skahammer (#587)

It's true. He's correct, there.

scrooge (#2,697)

I resent the interviewer implying that snooker is only played in the slums. Does he have any idea how much a snooker table costs? The little people haven't got snooker tables. And him with a double-barrelled name, too; ought to know better. Dash it.

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