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Playing Nice, Being Mean, and the Space in Between: Book Critics and the Difficulties of Writing Bad Reviews

Dr. Phillipa Chong published “Playing Nice, Being Mean, and the Space in Between: Book Critics and the Difficulties of Writing Bad Reviews” in the book Moments of Valuation (Oxford University Press: 2015) edited by Antal, Hutter and Stark.

Sep 06, 2014

Violence. Revenge. And a long-standing rivalry. This sounds like the stuff of Medieval or heroic literature but actually describes a dinner party at which Norman Mailer, the famed American novelist, journalist, and essayist,punched writer and critic Gore Vidal in the mouth. The reason? Retaliation over a negative book review... Read more