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Amis: Porn is an attack on love

13 June 2012

7:45 PM

13 June 2012

7:45 PM

Pornography is in the news, and Martin Amis has been thinking about pornography. Those two facts are not related, not necessarily. Tomorrow’s issue of the Spectator contains an interview with Amis, who is on vintage form. Pornography, he says, is an attack on love; it is the repudiation of significance in sex. Pornography has, he says, created a ‘big disconnection for human beings’ between their conceptions of sex and its biological realities. He says, ‘There is no more talk of love in porn than there is about having babies. It’s as if you made babies by some other way, like sneezing.’

I recommend reading the interview when it is published tomorrow — non-subscribers can subscribe now or pick up a copy in all good newsagents and doubtless a few bad ones too.

Tomorrow’s magazine also carries a review of Amis’s new novel, Lionel Asbo, the title character of which likes to cretinise himself of an afternoon with multiple online skin flicks. It has been written by Philip Hensher, who says that his fears were misplaced: Lionel Asbo is accomplished and funny, but it lacks the savage verve of the essential Amis books: Money, Experience and (erroneously in my view) The Pregnant Widow.


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