Oh, Gawker. How I love you and your extremely interesting story on novelist Alice Hoffman, who was apparently not pleased with The Boston Globe's review of her new novel The Story Sisters. Furious that the reviewer Roberta Silman wrote such heinous criticism as "this new novel lacks the spark of the earlier work," Hoffman fired off 27 fairly psychotic Tweets blasting Silman, even going so far as to publish her email address and phone number.
I guess my question is this: How is it possible to write more than 20 novels and still become unhinged by a negative review? Odds are she's gotten a few before, just considering the sheer number of books she has written. You'd think you'd grow immune to it. I certainly don't get mad when people write to me telling me what an idiot I am for hating movies like Bride Wars and Confessions of a Shopaholic. I mean, folks: you're welcome to think that those are excellent ways to spend your limited time on earth. Really.
Is it just that Twitter makes it so easy to fire off statements when you're angry? Hard to say. I haven't been attacked on Twitter yet, though it could happen when I reveal that I didn't care much for The Story Sisters either. In fact, I only read half of it, grew weary of it and decided it wasn't worth my time.