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Ken Auletta Criticizes “Googled” Book Review

Ken Auletta joined the ranks of authors disagreeing publicly with book reviewers, criticizing novelist Nicholson Baker‘s NY Times review of his new book. Above, mediabistro.com published a MediaBeat interview with the author last week.

Here’s an excerpt from Auletta’s letter to the editor: “I know I should be grateful that he described my book ‘Googled’ (Nov. 29) as ‘engrossing,’ but I would have liked it better if he had not, as he wrote, ‘read the book in three huge gulps and learned a lot.’ Maybe if he had slowed down a bit, he would not have misreported its content.”

Baker responded with a short statement and an unexpected metaphor: “Auletta wrote a thought-provoking book, and I recorded several thoughts provoked. It’s a book review, not a bouillon cube.”

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