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I Think You Forgot Something : William Giraldi

In 2012 the New York Times Sunday Book Review published a very negative (and very hilarious) front-page evisceration of two works by a young, largely unknown fiction writer. The review sparked much debate and launched a thousand tweets about what a book review can or should do. Condemned for being "mean", a descriptor that I personally feel criticism should never pay heed nor extend an ounce of patience, William Giraldi's scathing summation of a novel and collection of stories by Alix Ohlin ruffled many feathers, albeit almost entirely of the twee, "lives in Brooklyn" variety.

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"[He's] like the Rollins of book recommendations." Andy Salzer, Founder, Hiro Clark

"Prudish in genre flexibility." Matthew Stearns, author of Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation (33 1/3)

"Could be the Don Rickles of [his] generation." Logan Fox, Shakespeare & Company

"I could have fun with [him] starving for oxygen in space." Mark Willett, Founder, B • OUT

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