Thursday, August 21, 2003
Kingsley Amis on Hugh MacDiarmid
posted by Jonathan Calder |
"Hugh MacDiarmid: what a bastard," said my father in about 1972, referring to the man widely believed to be the greatest Scottish poet of the 20th century. "He became a Communist in 1956—after Hungary."
"And what’s his stuff like?" I asked.
"Oh, you know. Nothing but Marxist clichés interspersed with archaic 'Scotch' expletives."
He thought a moment ….
Every political system is a superstructure over a determining socioeconomic base.
The principle of distribution according to need precludes the conversion of products into goods and their conversion into value.
Och aye! …
"Enough," I said.
Martin Amis Koba the Dread (2002)