But First... Are You Experienced?
Inspired by the hype over Martin Amis' recent memoir 'Experience,'
the release of the latest album by popsters Primal Scream and his
own frustrations as a freelance writer turned baker, James Parker
takes us on a wonderful, if a bit cynical, stream-of-consciousness
romp through his own experience of growing up, letting go, and
getting scorched by '90s pop culture. Writing on the website of
Boston-based cultural zine Hermenaut
, Parker says, 'I
like to attend readings in bookshops, because I like to see The
Author, that nosepicker and thief of light, suffer the
birth-agonies of his/her Public Self. It's an enthralling
spectacle, horrible, a crude warping of destinies. Martin Amis, of
course, makes it look easy, which is one of the reasons he's Martin
Amis-he makes everything look easy.'