I’m Mistaken for a Hippie

I received the first negative review of my book. All publicity is good publicity, so I’m not heart-broken over it. The review is very poorly written, and I’m having trouble figuring out what it is that the reviewer is objecting to. Take this statement, for instance: “Although the purpose of this book does not go deep into this debate, these questions are evoked from the pages.” I have no idea what this means, but I’m glad the reviewer who commands such linguistic prowess doesn’t criticize my writing style at least.

The reviewer criticizes my suggestion that we all engage in “communal living.” As anybody who read my blog even for a week knows, words “communal living” terrify the bejesus out of me, so it’s kind of odd to assume that I would ask anybody to engage in it “to combat neoliberalism.” So yeah, let’s definitely not do any communal living, whatever that is. What is it, by the way? Living in hippie-style communes?

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19 thoughts on “I’m Mistaken for a Hippie”

  1. “Although the purpose of this book does not go deep into this debate, these questions are evoked from the pages.”

    The main questions about this debate are clearly identified, but a deep analysis of this debate is not the purpose of this book.

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              1. I hope so.

                In a more active voice:

                «  Although a deep analysis of this debate is not the purpose of this book, the author identifies clearly the main questions about this debate. »

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  2. Well, you look like a 1960’s hippie girl in some of the pictures you post, with your beautiful long red hair and with your colorful dresses that would have been considered “counter-culture” (and thus hip) by some young people fifty years ago. 🙂

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  3. “I received the first negative review of my book.”

    At least you didn’t get a rejection letter reading, “Your writing lacks grace but is serviceable” like I once did.

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