Fighting Words: Writers Lambast Other Writers--From Aristotle to Anne Rice
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Fighting Words: Writers Lambast Other Writers--From Aristotle to Anne Rice

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Illustrations by Tullio Pericoli. A lively collection of classic zingers from the mouths and pens of authors. "Who's better at being nasty than writers on other writers?"--The New York Times Magazine. A BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB and WRITER'S DIGEST BOOK CLUB selection. Illustrations by Tullio Pericoli
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published January 6th 1994 by Algonquin Books
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The above information is partial or incorrect because I didn���t pay very close attention to it and don���t have the book with me four days later as I write this. According to the subtitle this is meant to be a sort of reverse ���Logrolling in our Times.��� Rather than Spy���s collection of authors giving one another glorious reviews, the editor of this book picked out foul and mean-tempered comments by authors about other authors. Amusing concept but not vicious enough. Some of the comments wer...more
"Aristotle was famous for knowing everything. He taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons." --Will Cuppy

"As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks." --Clive James, commenting on Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz
I understood the premise of this book -- but didn't particularly like reading all negativity the authors shared about one another. It's hard to separate the fact from fiction in their observations.
Zeno Izen
All the smartest people ever making cutting remarks about their colleagues. Good book for the bathroom book shelf.
Didn't know all the authors referenced to but still a good laugh. Plus I like the word lambast. It is in the title.
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