A compulsively lazy coffee addict...
Martin Amis and friends visit Robert Graves
08/25/05 @ 04:50:06 pm, Categories: Missleaneus, books, 172 words   English (US)

- Oh don't worry, I said. Just go on as if he's a god.

Graves seemed baffled but on the whole rather pleased to see us. He was perhaps fractionally diminished from the striding colossus of a few years earlier, but still very straight and head-in-air, the ancient coin of his face quite undulled. I introduced my friends and said,
- I'm sorry about this, Robert, but you must get some very weird people coming to see you these days. Now you're so famous.
- Oh, I do, I do. Some extraordinary people come to see me now. Extraordinary people.
The five of us looked out on the rocky acres - spurs and tors, terraces, arthritic olive trees. Then Rob said to Robert,
- Make that mountain open up.
- What?
- Turn it into a volcano.
- What?
- Go on. You can do it. Make that cloud go away.
- Oh, you're -
- Summon a tidal wave.
- You little -
- Make the moon come out.
- Ooh, you -
- Make the -
And Robert got hold of Rob and roughly tickled him.

- Martin Amis, Experience

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