Martin Amis. Photograph: Martin Lawrence/Daily Mail/Shutterstock

One of the real truths of the 21st century, and earlier, is that history is speeding up. We’re all on a sort of rollercoaster now. There are existential threats that weren’t fully acknowledged not so long ago. We are sort of hurtling forward. It’s more of a task to ask people to slow down.

—Martin Amis

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