Martin Amis Hates Brooklyn! What Are We Gonna Do?

05/06/2013 10:48 AM |

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So, I’m of two minds about this. One is that as a crotchety elder statesmen, this is the kind of stuff we love and expect from Martin Amis, and anyway, a short Evening Standard article citing a single anonymous source is… not exactly concrete proof of anything. But then again, geez!

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Per the Standard‘s short article, “He finds it terribly transactional and, ironically given he was viewed as a literary hipster, he views the Brooklyn hipster scene as populated by conventional posers. He doesn’t go out as much as he did and has developed a reputation as a curmudgeon.”

Which, fine, insofar as I fully support “poser” making a deserved comeback as a go-to burn, and his “reputation as a curmudgeon” isn’t exactly new. But also, according to this article, Amis recently snapped at someone, “I am not upper-class. I am a bohemian.” This is not a sentence that should ever be uttered by a human, under any circumstances.You’d think after we let him win—and make no mistake, we let him win—our fictional lit battle “Game of Tomes,” Amis would be a little more appreciative of his adoptive home, a little more humble about the accolades bestowed upon him. That is, if he actually said any of this, at all.

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