A Second Read of "Moronic Inferno"
Published on Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 6:09pm
About a month ago Slate magazine wrote an article about Martin Amis moving to Brooklyn and his new neighborhood. It mentioned his book The Moronic Inferno from 1987 [973.92 A517]. The title was taken from Saul Bellow, who purloined it from someone else.
Rereading the book, much is dated; the literary interviews and reviews have been worth rereading.
There are pieces on Saul Bellow (from whom the title), Truman Capote, Gore Vidal ("Unpatriotic Gore"), John Updike and Philip Roth, among others.
Skip the pieces on period politics.