Martin Amis, at his new home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn 

Martin Amis, at his new home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn 


Video: Martin Amis Delivers Eulogy at Christopher Hitchens Memorial


Martin Amis Goes on the GOP Campaign Trail

The narrative on the absent Jon Huntsman is “absent.” So apart from the two likely finalists, chameleonic Romney and avaricious Gingrich, we were left with Rick Santorum (“work in progress”), Ron Paul (“shame he’s so elderly”), the gorgeous corpse of Rick Perry (“can only count up to two”), and the equally decorative, and equally discredited, Michele Bachmann (“very creepy husband”).


The Price of Civilization - Jeffrey Sachs

This book is superb and I highly recommend to all. It reads almost like a scientific, well-argued manifesto of the Occupy movement (Sachs has given at least two great speeches to the protesters). Very smart, thought-provoking, and valuable. 

Forbid one man to talk to another, forbid him to communicate with someone else, and you’ve forbidden him to think, because, as a great many writers will tell you, thought is a kind of communication. And his party doesn’t want him to think, but to follow its discipline.
- Saul Bellow, Dangling Man 
The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant, systematic duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what brings you misfortune.
- Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago 

I was 24, and this is the condition: pretending to know everything, while knowing nothing; pretending to be sure, while being always uncertain.

But before we face experience, that miserable enemy, let us have some innocence, just for a while.

- Martin Amis, “Experience”