Actually, Wouldn’t People Be More Offended by Yet Another Soccer Game in a British Novel?

It looks like the levels of post-terrorist incident guilt that we’ve had here in the States are being reproduced in London and affecting the literary world. Chris Cleave is asking whether or not it’s appropriate for him to promote a novel that includes a fictional terrorist attack at a soccer game.

As someone who forced himself to continue writing a screenplay involving terrorism the very week after 9/11 while in another country, I’d say that the answer for Cleave is very simple: grow some balls and don’t let the bastards get you down. These folks aren’t afraid. Why should writers be? To remain in a suspended state about whether art is appropriate or not is to let the terrorists win (or some similar crazed sentiment that isn’t so half-baked and hackneyed). It’s also damn spineless to boot.

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