Publishing has gone down in quality so much in recent years and the problem is that there is no literary life any more because there are quite simply no more great writers ...so said Sir V.S. Naipaul at the Hay festival.
Does he include himself in that analysis, I wonder?
Postscript (2/6/08) :
It really is hate Naipaul season! St. Lucia poet Derek Walcott has :
... reignited a simmering row with VS Naipaul by unveiling a stinging attack on the author - in verse. ...according to Daniel Trilling in The Guardian. You can read an extract from The Mongoose here.