Alan Taylor 2nd March 2010
In the light of the hysterical, paranoiac and hilarious reaction to the recent Literature Report I found the following comments by Isaac Bashevis Singer in his autobiography, Love and Exile remarkably prescient to Scotland now:
“The literary scene in Warsaw, which was so rife with favouritism, clannishness, with ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’, with sucking up to political factions and party leaders and seeking their patronage, found me in an alien element. Even though I felt that a man cannot go through life directly but must muddle through, sneak by, smuggle himself through it, I made my accounting with the divine of Satanic forces, not with the human.”
Shortly thereafter Singer left Poland for the United States.
You can read the Literature Report HERE