Martin Amis' Inside Story is now out -- get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk -- and the reviews and profiles keep coming -- including now Amis taking his turn answering The New York Times Book Review's By the Book-column question.
Among the quotes:
I like fiction that makes me welcome, and I’m quickly exasperated by the freakish, the introverted and above all the compulsively obscure. For months now I’ve been trying to penetrate the bristling bastion of William Faulkner. He is like Joyce — all genius and no talent; he just isn’t interested in pushing the narrative forward. Well, I suppose his readers have enough to do anyway, trying to establish who is who and what (if anything) is going on.(He has used that genius/no talent line before; see for example this 2012 Bookforum interview, where he said of Nabokov's great late novel: "I mean Ada or Ardor is all genius and no talent. It's impossible to read, it's like Finnegan's Wake" [sic]. And it's been used elsewhere, back to Henry David Thoreau.)
Also fun to hear:
I used to regard “nonfiction” as a genre, and a minor one, like children’s books; now of course it consumes every spare moment