Writers Trashing Each Other

To: Crecente
From: Bashcraft

J.K. Rowling, according to Harold Bloom (2000)
"How to read 'Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone'? Why, very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do."

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James Joyce's Ulysses, according to George Bernard Shaw (1921)
"I have read several fragments of 'Ulysses' in its serial form. It is a revolting record of a disgusting phase of civilisation; but it is a truthful one; and I should like to put a cordon around Dublin; round up every male person in it between the ages of 15 and 30; force them to read it; and ask them whether on reflection they could see anything amusing in all that foul mouthed, foul minded derision and obscenity."

...and...

Goethe, according to Samuel Butler (1874)
"I have been reading a translation of Goethe's 'Wilhelm Meister.' Is it good? To me it seems perhaps the very worst book I ever read. No Englishman could have written such a book. I cannot remember a single good page or idea....Is it all a practical joke? If it really is Goethe's 'Wilhelm Meister' that I have been reading, I am glad I have never taken the trouble to learn German."

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DISCUSSION

The crap spewed about Da Vinci Code being 'untrue' (really? Ya think? It says FICTION right on the back cover, you idiots) is laughable.

I love reading books, but in all honesty, authors can come off as some of the most stuck up, pompus, I'm-So-Much-Better-Then-You-Are little snots I've ever seen. Yes, even worse then actual celebrities.

Jerks.