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Jan 25, 2013
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Bad Reviews: All In The Game

People ask me how I handle bad reviews.1 I wrote about the subject in Steal Like An Artist:

Not everybody will get it. People will misinterpret you and what you do. They might even call you names. So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored—the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care.

All of the following scenarios are ascending levels of amazing to me:

  1. Someone heard of my book
  2. Someone bought my book
  3. Someone read my book
  4. Someone read my book and hated it
  5. Someone read my book and loved it

Seriously.

And, you always remember that a review says just as much about the reader as it does about the book — first you evaluate the critic, then you can listen or not listen to the criticism.

As Omar said, “It’s all in the game, yo. All in the game.”


  1. Sorry for the duplicate post. Apparently, people wanted to reblog this and couldn’t. 

Jan 24, 2013
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You sound so cheerful about that horrible review. I think I wouldn't get out of bed for days after getting a review as unfair as that one. What's your secret?

This review?

As Omar said, “It’s all in the game, yo. All in the game.” Bad reviews aren’t always as cranky or personal, but they’re all in the game.

I got a baby to feed, man—I can’t be lying around in bed!

I wrote about it in the book:

Not everybody will get it. People will misinterpret you and what you do. They might even call you names. So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored—the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care.

All of the following scenarios are ascending levels of amazing to me:

  1. Someone heard of my book
  2. Someone bought my book
  3. Someone read my book
  4. Someone read my book and hated it
  5. Someone read my book and loved it

Seriously.

And, you always remember that a review says just as much about the reader as it does about the book.

All in the game.

Mar 24, 2011
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“Omar comin’, yo!”

braiker:

laphamsquarterly:


The genius of The Wire lies in its sheer size and scope, its slow layering of complexity which could not have been achieved in any other way but the serial format.  Dickens is often praised for his portrayal not merely of a set of characters and their lives, but of the setting as a character: the city itself an antagonist.  Yet in The Wire, Bodymore is a far more intricate and compelling character than London in Dickens’ hands; The Wire portrays society to such a degree of realism and intricacy that A Tale of Two Cities—or any other story—can hardly compare.

To say we’re in love with this take on The Wire as a 19th century serialized novel is a bit of an understatement. Of course, we’ve got plenty of the original Dickensian aspect in our archives.

Brilliant. Super-genius. Fantastic. Wonderful. Love.

Omar comin’, yo!

braiker:

laphamsquarterly:

The genius of The Wire lies in its sheer size and scope, its slow layering of complexity which could not have been achieved in any other way but the serial format. Dickens is often praised for his portrayal not merely of a set of characters and their lives, but of the setting as a character: the city itself an antagonist. Yet in The Wire, Bodymore is a far more intricate and compelling character than London in Dickens’ hands; The Wire portrays society to such a degree of realism and intricacy that A Tale of Two Cities—or any other story—can hardly compare.

To say we’re in love with this take on The Wire as a 19th century serialized novel is a bit of an understatement. Of course, we’ve got plenty of the original Dickensian aspect in our archives.

Brilliant. Super-genius. Fantastic. Wonderful. Love.

Oct 06, 2010
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How do you get from here to the rest of the world?

Nov 16, 2009
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The Wire - 100 Greatest Quotes

Apr 22, 2009
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