Novelists can be shits (and may be the better for it)

The surprise is that anyone is surprised that Grass’s views on politics are idiotic or shocked when le Carré behaves like a bastard. The lives of some novelists are moral examples, but if all of them were angels, we would have nothing but morality tales. A few artists might make good politicians. But most are no more “unacknowledged legislators,” than most legislators are unacknowledged artists.

Carry on reading

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