Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: My So-Called Life

From: Patrick King (
Date: 08 May 2008

--- kevinburtonsmith <> wrote:
> But I will be interested in seeing the response from
> other list members to Patrick's latest
> set of guidelines as to who can and cannot offer an
> opinion on this list. Evidently only
> "accomplished," non-middle-class people who don't
> avoid crime and violence need
> bother having an opinion.
> I notice he didn't mention reading the book as a
> requirement.
******************************************************* As you know perfectly well, Kevin, vitriolic attacks on eminent authors with no bearing on any of their actual writing does not constitute an "opinion." It is in fact the contents of the books I'd be more interested to hear you critique. By all means, tell us all the short comings of AMERICAN TABLOID, WHITE JAZZ, THE BIG NOWHERE, THE COLD SIX THOUSAND, etc. I'll be fascinated to hear how you'd improve them.

Patrick King

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