Re: Martin Amis
I've only just begun reading Amis, same goes for Julian Barnes, so have no opionion on this writer, yes, a suspension of opinion on the fackin internet, rare indeed!
I do know he's received some negative views about his latest novel, c/o The Sunday Times, Culture, whch more or less says Amis is not on form, unlike his earlier days when he wrote MONEY, and it seems he's never quite achieved that standard of sizzling prose, stopping to interject or opine on 'sizzling prose' -- is that writing as bacon, one of those beloved terms of literary reviewers. Deviating further, do we ever inwardly-digest, more culinary terms, personally I just read and enjoy good writing.
Some bio: his background or early childhood appears to have been fairly chaotic, living in some fairly dirty and neglected pretty conditions, but he worked very hard at his A Levels and was incredibly bright, entered Oxford and eventually took a 1st, and was invited to lunch with his Professors as best student, he's fairly derisory about that whole experience. I've also caught him recently on Newsnight Review, or the Culture Show and he seems okay, he does have an intellectual elitism standpont, but he says of all of the sins, he feels that's an acceptable prejudice.
He used to smoke quite heavily, but is now down to a mere 10 cigarettes per day, at least it's not speed, hey, ala P K Dick who used the drug to synaptically excel...
I'd read Amis, the small amount I've looked at seemed very good, he can write, there's no doubt about that, but taste, is it for you, well, subjective innit.
"Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard"
Myth of Sysyphus ~ by Albert Camus