Do read this:
"Writers don't have to be saints but they do have to have empathy and live as civilised beings within the rules that apply to us all..." Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Evening Standard.
What utter utter twaddle.
She was blethering about V S Naipaul's biography, in which he is revealed to be racist, tyrannical, a frequenter of prostitutes... blah blah blah.
She and others are saying that this man's flaws as a human being UNDERMINE HIS CREDIBILITY AS A WRITER.
My fingers won't type coherently enough, I'm afraid, and I'm sure there will be pages of dead tree and ether scribble devoted to this one.
But this nice civilised lady writer would like to make the following statement: