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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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Kaethe
Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it
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The above information is partial or incorrect because I didnt pay very close attention to it and dont 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 Spys 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 were actually comp ...more
Steve Scott
Nov 07, 2015 Steve Scott rated it liked it
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It's interesting how catty and ruthless writers can be with each other.
Kirsti
Jun 24, 2008 Kirsti rated it liked it
"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
Krista
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.
Britt
Dec 16, 2009 Britt rated it liked it
Didn't know all the authors referenced to but still a good laugh. Plus I like the word lambast. It is in the title.
Douglas Wilson
Jan 28, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it liked it
Shelves: wordsmithing
Fun.
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