From the Poetry Center Archive: Martin Amis, “Phantom of the Opera”
When Martin Amis appeared at 92Y during the 2004 Presidential Election, he remarked that “this is a time when politics fill the sky.” He could say the same thing when he returns on Monday night, to read from his recent novel Lionel Asbo: State of England. (He’ll be joined by Howard Jacobson, whose new novel is Zoo Time.)
On that evening in 2004, Amis read “Phantom of the Opera”—an essay recounting his experience at the 1988 Republican National Convention—and today we’re sharing a recording of that reading.
In an ongoing effort to share with our readers some of the great literary moments that the Poetry Center has presented across the decades, we have begun to feature regular postings of archival recordings. To purchase tickets to Monday night’s readings by Amis and Jacobson, please click here. To look at the rest of the season’s line-up, please click here. And for access to other recordings on our Virtual Poetry Center, please click here.
Unterberg Poetry Center webcasts and access to our archive are made possible in part by the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.