Thursday, November 29, 2007

Scotch tape

The final selection in C.S. Lewis's On Stories and Other Essays on Literature (ed. Walter Hooper) is an "informal conversation" between CSL, Brian Aldiss, and Kingsley Amis. Excerpt:

LEWIS: Would you describe Abbott's Flatland as science-fiction? There's so little effort to bring it into any sensuous—well, you couldn't do it, and it remains an intellectual theorem. Are you looking for an ashtray? Use the carpet.
AMIS: I was looking for the Scotch, actually.
LEWIS: Oh yes, do, I beg your pardon...

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Blogger Levi Stahl said...

That's a hilarious exchange! Oddly enough, I was just raving about Lucky Jim to a coworker last night, laying particular stress on how much fun a book it is for anyone who enjoys drinking. (His later books, of course, are to be avoided at all costs if one enjoys drinking; as is his biography. Unless, that is, the drinker is looking for good reasons to quit drinking.)

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