It is advantageous to an author that his book should be attacked as well as praised.  Fame is a shuttlecock.  If it be struck at only one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground.  To keep it up, it must be struck at both ends.

-Samuel Johnson











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GREG OLEAR is the Los Angeles Times bestselling author of the novels Totally Killer and Fathermucker and founding editor of The Weeklings.

4 responses to “When You Get a Bad Review, Whip Out Your Johnson”

  1. Tom Hansen says:

    I finally got a bad review. “Sparkly” on amazon had this to say; “This is a sodid, filthy, disgusting tale, full of vitriolic haranguing about anyone who has a job or owns anything that they actually WORKED for. It is vulgar & full of untruths. Save your $.”

    I think he/she meant to say “sordid.”

    I like it

  2. Bring it on, baby, bring it on.

  3. zoe zolbrod says:

    I was looking for your 9/11 piece, Greg, but I found this quote, which I love, having just gotten my first bad review. However, I don’t think it was bad enough. It wasn’t bad bad, like Sparkly’s comment on Tom’s book–that’s a good kind of bad. That’s the bad of having incited someone. That’s the kind of bad that would make me press “Add to cart,” which I think I’ll go do right now. Or at least add to wishlist.

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