Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How smart is Mart ...

... Martin Amis, pauses, gender. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)


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  2. I wonder what people made of Amis' views on euthanasia for old people shown in last Sunday Times':

    "THere'll be a population of demented very old people, like an invasion of terrible immigrants, stinking out the restaurants and shops. There should be a (euthanasia) booth on every corner where you could get a martini and a medal. There's a certain point where your life slips into the negative. If you can recognise that point..."

    Don't think I've come across such squalid, disgusting views since - well it has to be the Nazis doesn't it. I have a sister who is reasonably badly handicapped. Her life is certainly according to this kind of view 'in the negative'. If only there were people like Amis out there who could recognise that, & usher people like her towards the euthanasia booths. And as for the old folk stinking out the restaurants. How disgusting of them to continue insulting our sensibilities with their vile, rotting selves.

    Not that, given the morally squalid art Amis produces, any of the above is a surprise. Just good to see such 'civilized' vileness get the kind of pulblic airing it deserves. No wonder Amis is thriving in these modern times. For elderly people living on in dignity, perhaps through much suffering as the body wanes, & Amis to talk of them 'rotting out' the public environment - charming to think of the effect his words could have. Hopefully they might have the effect Amis presumably wishes for, & having realised how pillars of society like Amis view them, they put an end to their negative existences.

    He also says, "Most of us have to live through the death of our talent. I've got myself in a real funk about it, how talent dies before the body."

    The reason Amis' talent is long since dead is he has & never had anything of value to contribute to humanity.