An intermittently Liberal anthology compiled by Jonathan Calder

Thursday, August 21, 2003  

Kingsley Amis on Hugh MacDiarmid
"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."

"For instance?"

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)

posted by Jonathan Calder | 10:40 pm