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11 August 2014updated 28 Jun 2021 4:44am

Will Self to young people: “You should be patronised, you’re teenagers”

Our columnist has little regard for the inexperienced and uninformed.

By media mole

We love Will Self, we really do. Not only does he have a splendid column in this very magazine, but he’s an intelligent man with intelligent opinions that are usually worth listening to.

But he can be a bit of a grump, mind. Over at the Guardian today, Will’s been doing a Q&A about his “fiction, journalism, broadcasting and walking” as part of the paper’s Edinburgh Festival coverage – and at 1.30pm this happened:

Ouch, Will. Bit harsh, no?

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