"All I can do is turn a phrase until it catches the light. There was a time when I got hot under the collar if the critics said I had nothing new to say. Now I realise that they had a point. My field is the self-evident. Everything I say is obvious, although I like to think that some of the obvious things I have said were not so obvious until I said them."
One thing that now seems obvious is that I should read some of the late Clive James' books. I only really know him as the wry voice on late-night TV that managed to attract and hold the interest of even my dad - someone not normally drawn to critical commentary on culture and the arts.