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Writer V. Writer

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by DanOregon, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Read the Taibbi thread on Tom Friedman and then came across this piece from The Atlantic. Seems nothing gets a writer's blood boiling than the exploits and excesses of another writer. And since we're "pen is mightier than the sword" types we don't go all Burr v. Hamilton. Instead, we take it to the 'nets, the message boards or perhaps (if cache is involved) even in print.
    Here's Matthew Scully's rip-job of former boss and chief White House speechwriter Michael Gerson. Anyone have any other classic ripjobs of other writers?

  2. jlee

    jlee Active Member

    Wolfe vs. Irving, Updike, Mailer

  3. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    I do love The Executioner's Song, but shit Tom Wolfe can't hold John Irving's jock.
  4. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    When I was on a political opinion Web site, one of the columns wrote a pure attack job bitching out the Dixie Chicks. I wrote a response to his column in which I attacked his *arguments*, not him.

    He responded with an ad homenim attack column. I got one or two people who wrote me saying I should learn to write. I didn't respond to that, nor did I respond to his response.

    The guy who ran the Web site (a Republican, BTW) suggested the D.C. area columnists get together for coffee or drinks. The funny thing was, he suggested not inviting the guy who blasted the Dixie Chicks. Even though he probably was more ideologically aligned to him than he was to me, he described said columnist as a piece of work.

    And, said Web site organizer also pointed out getting e-mails that agreed with me instead of the other guy.
  5. Michael Gerson?
    "A first-rate mind"?
    The great lake of Fail sees another boat push away from the dock.
  6. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

  7. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    This comment is insane.
  8. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Roger Ebert vs. Rob Schneider (who is a screenwriter):


  9. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I thought it. Didn't post it. I love John Irving... as a guilty pleasure. But I really disagree with that one.
  10. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

  12. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    This is one of my favorite pieces of writing ever. I have read it about 500 times, and it still makes me laugh.
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