These essays by Martin Amis provide portraits of contemporaries and mentors: Larkin and Rushdie, Burgess, Ballard, Nicholson Baker and John Updike. From across the Atlantic, he exposes the double-think of nuke-speak in Washington and the dementia of a Republican convention in New Orleans. And then there is sport. Checking out darts' disastrous ...
These essays by Martin Amis provide portraits of contemporaries and mentors: Larkin and Rushdie, Burgess, Ballard, Nicholson Baker and John Updike. From across the Atlantic, he exposes the double-think of nuke-speak in Washington and the dementia of a Republican convention in New Orleans. And then there is sport. Checking out darts' disastrous attempt to clean itself up, Amis sneaks tips from the world number one, and witnesses the sad and sudden decline of Keith Deller. An account of dirty tricks in world chess reveals, "It's not an art. It's a fight." And so it is when he takes on the snooker savvy of Julian "Barometer" Barnes, or indulges in some brisk, but vicious poker with Al Alvarez and David Mamet. "Sex" without Madonna, expulsion from school, the Notting Hill Carnival, a Stones gig that should have been gagged - it's all here, as well as on set with Robocop or set-down with Sabatini. Martin Amis is the author of "The Rachel Papers", "Success", "Other People", "Dead Babies", "The Moronic Inferno", "Money", "Einstein's Monsters", "London Fields" and "Time's Arrow".
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Publishers Weekly, 1995-04-24 From his visit with Vera Nabokov to comments on RoboCop II, the author of London Fields covers politics, literature, sports and entertainment in this collection of essays. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1993-12-20 This is occasional journalism at its most occasional, ranging from obituaries (Philip Larkin) to book reviews (V. S. Naipaul), meditations on an evening of poker with old buddies (A. Alvarez and Anthony Holden among them) and the Frankfurt Book Fair (Amis hated it). Is the average American likely to be interested in the high jinks of an unknown British football club on tour in China, or why no one takes the game of darts seriously enough? We aren't even told when the events Amis ( Time's Arrow ) covers took place. One can deduce from internal evidence that some of these short pieces (most of them are reprinted from the London Observer ) were written as long ago as 1975 or as recently as the ultimate non-piece in this collection: an interview with Madonna that wasn't granted. The book will leave readers frustrated because Amis is such a good writer and there are memorable moments: a tender visit with Vera Nabokov at the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland; an affecting portrait of J. G. Ballard, the brillant and eccentric author of Empire of the Sun ; and an almost shocking depiction of the international chess scene. But there are not enough of these moments to justify this ragged collection. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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