Literary feuds are fun. Naipaul is in the news again, this time not for throwing pointed barbs at others but for a pointed vitriolic attack on him by a fellow Caribbean Nobel laureate.
The distraction of Walcott vs Naipaul: With his poem, The Mongoose, Derek Walcott attacked his literary contemporary and nemesis - and overshadowed some great new work.
Rhyme and punishment for Naipaul: A wickedly humorous poem by a Nobel prize winner has drawn more blood in a vitriolic feud between literary lions.
And here's an excerpt from Walcott's poem, The Mongoose':
I have been bitten, I must avoid infection
Or else I'll be as dead as
Read his last novels, you'll see just
what I mean
lethargy, approaching the obscene
The model is more ho-hum than
The essays have more bite
They scatter chickens like critics,
each stabbing phrase is poison
Since he has made that snaring
The plots are forced, the prose
sedate and silly
anti-hero is a prick named Willie
Who lacks the conflict of a Waugh or
And whines with his creator's