Comments on: Martin Amis on sex and death http://www.historiann.com/2011/07/16/martin-amis-on-sex-and-death/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:56:15 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2011/07/16/martin-amis-on-sex-and-death/comment-page-1/#comment-848539 Sun, 17 Jul 2011 02:15:30 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15933#comment-848539 I just wonder whether/how Amis’s thoughts on age are gendered. As a fifty+ woman, I find myself feeling on the edge of possibility. The richness of my life is not because of the past, particularly, but because of what I’ve learned in the past that I can use in the present. And while there are particular things in my life that support this, many of my contemporaries feel something similar. It’s not just me. I’ve known quite a few women who in their 50s and 60s were at their most creative.

FWIW, my experience is that events are not always crises, if that makes any sense. In middle age, bad things will happen: you or people you care about will get sick; relationships will change; jobs disappear, cease to be satisfying, or whatever. Some of these things for me have been felt as a crisis – what now? – but others are just things I’ve dealt with.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/07/16/martin-amis-on-sex-and-death/comment-page-1/#comment-848487 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 19:16:36 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15933#comment-848487 Joshua: OMG! Brilliant. You’ve cracked the code. My faves are your faves, although I thought that Time’s Arrow was an interesting experiment.

(And I’ve utterly ignored Yellow Dog and Koba the Dread, I must confess.)

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By: Joshua Paddison http://www.historiann.com/2011/07/16/martin-amis-on-sex-and-death/comment-page-1/#comment-848481 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 18:23:27 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15933#comment-848481 The key to enjoying Martin Amis is that only every other book is worth reading: Rachel Papers good, Dead Babies bad, Success good, Other People bad, Money good, Einstein’s Monsters bad, London Fields good, Time’s Arrow bad, The Information good, and then they all turn bad as far as I can tell.

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By: koshem Bos http://www.historiann.com/2011/07/16/martin-amis-on-sex-and-death/comment-page-1/#comment-848478 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 18:12:22 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15933#comment-848478 Martin Amis’ earlier essay are my favorite. Generally, I have some difficulties with English literature. Tried Howard Jacobson recently and despite the praise, couldn’t go on for more than 50 pages.

Crises, old age, 40s: I am an old guy (Medicare), you have disappointments (probably once a week), but there really is no room for complaint; we are fortunate – employed, travel, do decent work, etc. What crisis?

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2011/07/16/martin-amis-on-sex-and-death/comment-page-1/#comment-848474 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 17:50:25 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15933#comment-848474 John S: Big secret they don’t tell you; you can do it at any time. One to a customer. I went @ c. 33-34/5. In by 11, out by four… Although I don’t know about that “undiscovered continent” part, but I was thinking about something like that just this morning, in other language.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/07/16/martin-amis-on-sex-and-death/comment-page-1/#comment-848473 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 17:44:57 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15933#comment-848473 CPP and John, I hope you’re done with the 40s crises early. Me, I’m still waiting to see when my number will come up.

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By: John S. http://www.historiann.com/2011/07/16/martin-amis-on-sex-and-death/comment-page-1/#comment-848461 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 16:08:31 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15933#comment-848461 @CPP: Do you figure if I have my “40s crisis” when I’m 37-38 it will count?

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By: Comrade PhysioProf http://www.historiann.com/2011/07/16/martin-amis-on-sex-and-death/comment-page-1/#comment-848458 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:48:29 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15933#comment-848458 I really like that quote about your 40s and 50s. My impression–and I’m hoping this is correct–is that I already got my 40s crisis over with when I was 41.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/07/16/martin-amis-on-sex-and-death/comment-page-1/#comment-848457 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:43:33 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15933#comment-848457 Try The Information LadyProf, if you haven’t already. It got a lot of buzz back in the day, and I for one thought it was worth it.

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By: LadyProf http://www.historiann.com/2011/07/16/martin-amis-on-sex-and-death/comment-page-1/#comment-848450 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:23:11 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15933#comment-848450 High-five on The Rachel Papers! One of my ten favorite novels. The rest of the Amis corpus, meh. Wish someone would gather the nuggets worth reading from each novel, the way you just did with this one–we could skip the rest. The Pregnant Widow sounds especially stinkeroo.

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