There's definitely a certain appeal about the "angry" writer. I don't think I'm the only one intrigued with this idea; the Examiner recently put out a much talked about list of the best "author vs author put-downs of all time." Maybe the "angry writer" appeals to us because in an oblique way the idea reminds me of some of the literary greats -- yes, Salinger, and also Hemingway and Vonnegut and Twain, among others -- writers who generally didn't give a damn about what people thought of them and weren't preoccupied with their sales ranking in The New York Times Book Review. If only we could be so free.
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