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Amis and Eagleton

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“strip-searching people who look like they’re from the Middle East or from Pakistan”, preventing Muslims from travelling, and further down the road, deportation.

“Not the ramblings of a British National Party thug,” writes Terry Eagleton, professor of cultural theory at Manchester University, “but the reflections of Martin Amis, leading luminary of the English metropolitan literary world.”

Eagleton’s words are partly in response to Amis’s 2006 essay, “The Age of Horrorism”.

But, according to an article in The Independent, Professor Eagleton also has some thoughts on Martin Amis’s father, Kingsley, describing him as “a racist, anti-Semitic boor, a drink-sodden, self-hating reviler of women, gays and liberals”

2 Responses to “Amis and Eagleton”

  1. Ira Socol says:

    well, I’ve listened to both rant, but in Eagleton’s case, from up very close. Between bizarre extremes who have never bothered to listen to anything in their “professional” lives – who knows? I usually agree with Eagleton, but that does not make him pleasant.

    jb says: I also don’t want to take sides here, Ira, not having checked the facts. I published this one for something to chew on.

  2. john baker says:

    The reply from Martin Amis in the form of a letter to The Independent.