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15 July 2013
The following interchange is from an interview with English novelist Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) by Julian Jebb in the Hyde Park Hotel, London, in 1962. Waugh, a crusty old-school crosspatch, was in bed at the time.
Jebb: Do you think it just to describe you as a reactionary?
Waugh: An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along; he must offer some little opposition.
The interview was published in the third series of the collection of literary interviews published by the Paris Review in 1967 under the rubric “Writers at Work”.
You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts. For instance:
1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)
2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)
3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)
4. Capitalism in practice (4 July 2012)
5.Ladder (21 June 2012)
6. A tale of two cities (1) (6 June 2012)
7. A tale of two cities (2) (7 June 2012)
8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)
Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.