Sunday, April 17, 2011
Novelist attacks royal family
As a cellist in the Dallas Symphony, I am proud to be a classical musician, but have often felt estranged from the [left-leaning] wider "Arts Community" (whatever that is). If British novelist Martin Amis, who has denounced the Royal Family as "philistines", is its representative, then count me out. Fortunately, other arts personalities such as conductor Christopher Warren-Green have had much nicer things to say about the Royal Family and particularly the Prince of Wales, who with his generous support of the arts and championing of traditional architecture is about as far from being a "philistine" as anyone could be. I consider myself a passionate opponent of real philistinism, especially in the Church, but have not read any of Amis's books, and it doesn't look like that will be changing.