Constrictions are what an aging writer notices over time – of talent, facility and confidence, to go with the more organic blockages that afflict everyone. Or as Martin Amis puts it in The Rub of Time, his new collection of essays: "Writers die twice: once when the body dies and once when the talent dies." The constrictions afflicting Martin Amis this late-February day in Toronto, where he has come to talk about his new book, include the hours he spent queuing the week before at the U.S.
Ian Brown, a feature writer for The Globe and Mail, offers a satirical take on arming teachers in schools. Aim/objective: Students will be able to identify grammatical elements and stylistic techniques used to establish character, mood and setting while their teacher wards off an assault-rifle attack on the classroom.
Here's an idea for a drama: A playwright writes a play about a famously controlling prime minister with a reputation for punishing people who cross him, only to have the play refused by producers who fear being punished by the famously controlling prime minister. This is one interpretation of what's been going on lately in the life of Michael Healey, the award-winning playwright who resigned a few months ago from Toronto's Tarragon Theatre after 11 years as a playwright-in-residence.
"Some of my early novels [have] bits that really make me wince. Just incredibly ungallant descriptions of women. And of men. I wouldn't, I couldn't do that now:" Martin Amis on what time and age do to novelists (paywall now, but in Saturday's Globe). https://tgam.ca/2oWgZps
Essay about shanzhai, the Chinese "philosophy" that celebrates the realness of fakeness, by a real philosopher, although its bald justification of outright theft makes it feel like total BS. Am clearly not smart enuf for post-modern world. https://logger.believermag.com/post/shanzhai
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