Sunday, January 27, 2008

London Fleece? Veedon Fields?


The Times is amused that Martin Amis is pulling down 80,000 quid for an annual workload of 28 hours as professor of creative writing at Manchester University. (Although, as a sometime college chum of mine once mused: "What exactly is creative writing? Is there such a thing as destructive writing?")

I'm more perturbed by the fact that Amis fils appears to be turning into...

10 comments:

Pisces Iscariot said...

Amis should be so lucky as to be deemed as talented as Van Morrison

red said...

You're right, the resemblance is uncanny.

rancidronnie said...

Well, you must be easily disturbed. ANyway, it's not a workload of 28 hours, it's 28 hours of lecturing, which, with travel and preparation, implies well over 100 hours of work.

Annie said...

And to think he was considered quite good-looking in his youth...

(Malcolm Bradbury was at the end of his career at UEA when I was there - there was a running joke that he used to hide in cupboards and under desks when he saw students or anybody else who expected some work out of him. In 4 years I never saw him on campus. Superstar lecturers, eh...)

Billy said...

Uncanny. I wish I knew some good Van/Amis puns.

Tim Footman said...

Pisces: But I wonder which one is shorter.

Only in semi-darkness, Red.

So only 800 quid an hour, Ronnie. Bargain.

Lots of academics hide in cupboards, Annie. But that's because they're mental.

Tim Footman said...

You will, Billy, you will.

dh said...

I think he's got his eye on a knighthood. Dad didn't say no.

FirstNations said...

yes, but is he as friendly and personable as van? ahem.

Tim Footman said...

Mart will only be satisfied with a Nobel, Dick.

Yes he is, FN. That's the tragedy.