Another Author Strikes Back controversy.
On October 15, George Packer reviewed Mark Danner's book Stripping Bare the Body: Politics, Violence, War for the New York Times Book Review. Read that review here.
On November 4, Danner wrote a 1,400-word Letter To The NYT Editor, protesting the review. While it's not news for an author to protest a review, it is news for the Times to print such lengthy letters in their entirety. Read it (and Packer's response) here.
Greg Mitchell of Editor and Publisher wrote an article on the point-and-counterpoint duel here. And The Huffington Post picked up on the story, reprinting Mitchell's article.
I have come to believe that responding to critics and criticism is not a useful pastime. Below are my favorite quotes about critics:
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea. --John Updike
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway. --Eleanor Roosevelt
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it. --Tacitus