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Thursday, July 07, 2005

All Diana's Fault

Glowing reviews of Julian Barnes' Arthur & George are sprouting up faster than fungus in the Mumbai monsoon. Here's a delightful quote by the man, from an interview in The Guardian:

"There is a tradition of English emotional reticence which can easily fall away into emotional inexpressiveness and frigidity...I prefer that to the Oprahfication of the emotions which is what has happened. People talking about their emotional lives in staggering detail on Celebrity Love Island is so banal. It's Princess Diana's fault. When things are wrong in England, it's always her fault, or Mrs Thatcher's, isn't it?"


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