I think it was Montherlant who said happiness writes white: it doesn't show up on the page. We all know this. The letter with the foreign postmark that tells of good weather, pleasant food and comfortable accommodation isn't nearly as much fun to read, or to write, as the letter that tells of rotting chalets, dysentery and drizzle. Who else but Tolstoy has made happiness really swing on the page? When I take on Chapter 3, when I take on Guy Clinch, I'll have to do, well, not happiness, but goodness anyway. It's going to be tough.
--from London Fields
Chicago Tribune photo of Martin Amis by Charles Cherney, taken in Chicago in June 1995. Photo courtesy of James Diedrick.
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