Venom served with verve
‘‘ his pretentious initials stand for Adrian and Anthony, he chose the A. A. moniker, because when he started was a time when ‘‘ there was an awful lot of rather up-your-bottom discourse in the art world about male and female artists, so it was a way of being androgynous’’. He got stuck with it.
He is driven by a genuine fascination with TV, at a time when, in some circles, there are doubts about its cultural legitimacy. As Gill suggests, a sneering out-of-hand dismissal of TV is the one cultural prejudice that can be delivered without inverted commas. Why is it socially unacceptable to be ignorant about theatre or novels, but acceptable to sneer at TV when you know nothing about it?
‘‘ No piece of human exchange, no corner of the possible world, hasn’t passed through the periscope in the parlour,’’ Gill says in his introduction, in response to TV’s critics. ‘‘ It never ceases to amaze me how many people come up to me and say, ‘ I don’t know how you