Pat Robertson at a national convention, equipped with delegates, certainly remains a terrible sight. He is a charlatan of Chaucerian dimensions.
Martin Amis, "Phantom of the Opera: the Republicans in 1988," from Visiting Mrs. Nabokov (1993)
My belief is that everything that's written about you is actually secondary showbiz nonsense, and you shouldn't take any notice of it.Martin Louis Amis1985 Quoted in John Haffenden Novelists in Interview (1985).
When success happens to an English writer, he acquires a new typewriter.When success happens to an American writer, he acquires a new life.Martin Louis Amis1986 The Moronic Inferno,'Kurt Vonnegut'.
Most writers need a wound, either physical or spiritual.Martin Louis Amis1987 In the Observer, 30 Aug.
Insects are what neurosis would sound like, if neurosis could make a noise with its nose.Martin Louis Amis1995 The Information, pt.3.
You see tragedy requires persons of heroic stature. It works on the principle of people being more than humansuper-humanand also being only too human. But there just aren't many great figures around now, so the tragic mechanisms can't work.Martin Louis Amis1995 Explaining why only comedy can reflect contemporary reality. Quoted in an interview in The Scotsman,7 Apr.
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