Hell has no fury like a narcissist scorned. So literary critic Laura Miller discovered this week when she suggested, in her weekly books column for online magazine Salon, that spending November writing a novel as part of the NaNoWriMo project (National Novel Writing Month) was ''a waste of time''.
This unleashed the kind of bile you'd normally associate with the Fox News end of the US political spectrum, not hobby typists aiming to bash out 50,000 fictional words by December 1. Miller was called a killjoy, a snob and a bitch by a host of writers distracted from their daily word targets by the opportunity to practise a little retaliatory criticism. As is the way with any flame-out, it eventually descended to menacing threats.
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