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March 15, 2006


dave zarkin

Don't let the bastards get you down. Keep your chins up.

Mike Barer

I'm glad you mentioned "Blog of James" I picked him off a blog search with a negative view of Lee's last book. I wrote a comment contradicting the fact as he says that everyone hates the book and he sent an e-mail saying that my comment was off topic. Huh? I wanted to send a letter back telling him to stuff it but why bother.


Glad to see you are rising above it. It's tough to do, but remember people still make up their own minds what to buy. Reviews shouldn't dictate what we as consumers purchase. PW is the Ebert & Roeper of books. And I can't remember the last time I followed their advice. You rock. Don't let any review get you down, because it's just that--a review.


I've read 'Fake, Liar, Cheat', and while I can see that it might not be to everyone's taste, I can't see how it could be panned as a bad book.

That, I suppose, is why I don't pay too much attention to reviews.


I wish I could edit my comment now and take out the extraneous comments in 'Fake Liar Cheat'. Oh, well.

Mike, the Kosub is an odd character. His opinions aren't terribly credible, and he doesn't seem entirely rational, so I wouldn't bother trying to correct him.

Tanya Mravik

"An email came this afternoon from one of my favorite writers (a small thrill I hope I never get used to) telling me that he thought the review made the book sound like something he'd like to read, actually, and that he was off to get a copy. I walked around the house for the rest of the day feeling like I'd written a bestseller."

This exemplifies the saying, "There's no such thing as bad publicity." One person's trash is another person's treasure. Who cares if PW pans your book? Somebody out there is going to go out and buy it anyway. (If I can't get a free copy, you know that I'm going to be that one person!) :)

Somebody that you admire is also spending cold, hard cash and helping you pay your mortgage/property tax, retirement, what-have-you. So there, PW. Take that!


Don't be a bitch. If you want someone to jock you pay a hooker extra.


as an old editor once told me, "you haven't been in the business long enough until you've pissed some people off." and a late friend of mine, who was famous in his field, said, "nothing prepares you for getting slammed in the new york times."

what this has to do with you, i have no idea. but critics are people, too: they've got bad marriages, unstable careers, house payments, misbehaving children. and i've always though to make their way in the world, they can establish themselves easily by trashing. it's easier to make a name that way (see peck, dale).

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