On Man Storms Off Internet: Goodbye, Chris Jones!

Isn't the anger at Jones coming from somewhere else? The things he's charged with here--universalizing and competitiveness--are the standard for writers of fiction and non-fiction, among other people. Anne Lamont, for example, writes about her jealousies in "Bird by Bird," and audiences find it funny and endearing. And pretty much all writers (Twain, Cisneros, Carol Oates, etc.) mine their personal experience to present a picture that resonates with many (but never all) people. So if these are the worst things you can say about Jones, he's got nothing to worry about. Ditto on that Deadspin "critique," which never explains why he prefers one writer over the other. With cheap shots like these, it's a wonder anyone keeps writing these days.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm 0