|Fame at last!
||[Mar. 3rd, 2009|12:35 pm]
Ten days ago, the Guardian's Saturday books diary included a brief report of an event starring Martin Amis and Howard Jacobson: "'You see before you the last two comic British novelists,' Amis announced. 'If I had to pick three pieces of prose to make you laugh,' Jacobson said, 'one would be by Martin and the other two would be mine.'"
This level of self-congratulation would be hard to take even if it were true; which, since Terry Pratchett is Still Not Dead, it isn't, and I wrote to the Guardian to say so.
I was pleased, on Saturday, to see that they had printed my letter. I was even more pleased when I noticed that it was the subject of Tom Gauld's weekly cartoon. Gauld offered an explanation why Pratchett might have been overlooked ("OH NO!!! IT'S THE HUMOROUS FANTASY AUTHOR!" - maybe, though I still think that folie à deux is explanation enough).
But this morning brought real, peer-reviewed fame: I'm in the Ansible! My work here is done...