HOT INK DECEMBER 3, 1998 LETTERS

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call and response

o ut for months now, but still controversial, Amy Halloran's reviews and letters from the road inspired these writers to respond this week. As always, we welcome your ideas, letters, and responses.

Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 04:18:44 -0600
From: Amy Crain [amcrain@earthlink.net]
To: hotink@hotink.com
Subject: Amy Halloran

I just found your site, and I am new to computers. Perhaps I am at the wrong address; I don't know. I read Amy's dismissive review of The Stone Diaries. I will not defend the book. As a whole, it is a classic example of "bestseller list" bullshit. Manipulative, yes. But halfway into the novel, the dead husband's letter to his wife..."I would like to have danced with you through the back door..." A decent book (and that is a realistic analysis, I think) can be redeemed by a moment of beauty. The novel probably didn't deserve the acclaim it won, but the acclaim gave people a chance to see an absolutely gorgeous paragraph on life left unlived. How often is it done so quietly? Check out A Sensible Life by Mary Wesley, if only for the tango on the beach.

Date:
Thu, 3 Dec. 1998 18:24:04-0700
From: Rachel Langon [rachla@zipcon.net]
Hey Hot Ink,
You've got some nerve letting the former "Girl Jesus" write for you. I liked Amy Halloran better when she was in the Stranger. Now she sounds like she's yet another 20-something who's gotten boring and grown up. What kind of young adventurer is she, if she's thinking of settling down, and reads stodgy old farts like Adrian Mold and "Angela's Ashes" (that is SO last year).
Why not get into some real interesting literature, like Kathy Acker? I want to read some experimental writing in hot ink. Push some boundaries, and get really hot with your ink. Thanks for the "rant" space. See ya soon.


-- Rachel Langon

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