Monday, September 18, 2006

The Morning Star

Molly has never kept it secret that she is friendly with and has occasionally assisted the poet and editor she likes to call Sir David. Noticing that his recent big book was disparaged by reviewer Marjorie Morningstar in London's "Times Literary Supplement," Molly wondered how the old boy was taking it. So she wrote him. "I haven't read the review," he wrote back, explaining that he doesn't routinely read all his reviews. "What does it depend on?" "Many critics are predictable. In some cases, all you need to know is the reviewer's name, and you can anticipate what he or she will say, and then you can write the review yourself as an act of imagination. When I review books I'm old-fashioned enough to read the book first, but some critics don't bother. Disregarding reviewers seems a healthy non-response." Sounds good to me, Sir D. "You didn't miss a thing," I told him.
Today's quotation of the day: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." For twenty points and an alliterative line, who said it?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

True man

4:27 PM  

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