This just came through on one of the writing loops I belong to:
Mark Twain on Jane Austen (1898)
“I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice’, I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”
And if I ever get a really bad review and start feeling crappy about it, I’ll try and remember this one *g*
In the meantime, who could possibly have a bad word to say about this?