The voice of the lonely crowd

Martin Amis on the relevance of fiction after 9-11:

‘After September 11, then, writers faced quantitative change, but not qualitative change. In the following days and weeks, the voices coming from their rooms were very quiet; still, they were individual voices, and playfully rational, all espousing the ideology of no ideology. They stood in eternal opposition to the voice of the lonely crowd, which, with its yearning for both power and effacement, is the most desolate sound you will ever hear. “Desolate”: “giving an impression of bleak and dismal emptiness… from L. desolat-, desolare ‘abandon’, from de- ‘thoroughly’ solus ‘alone’.” ‘ Guardian UK