Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Amis: just a magazine writer?
The Telegraph’s report on Blair’s valedictory “vanity” tour through Africa is curious. It reports a “writer” and photographers are shadowing the PM’s journey for American Men's Vogue. Surely the paper knows the writer is no less than Martin Amis. To me this is the equivalent of, say, Dickens chronicling the young Victoria’s reign - perhaps when Peel first refused to form a government - in the Palace itself. Has the stock of Amis fils so fallen in recent times that he’s now just some anonymous magazine writer? More probably the journalists who comprise the Telegraph’s foreign staff don’t know who Amis is. Read his Money. It defined Thatcher’s ‘80s like no other novel.