We've got news for you.

Register on BusinessLIVE at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

At the end of last year I received an unsolicited and unintentionally funny review of my latest book, presenting me with an inquisitorial list of my literary crimes and denouncing me as a shadow of the columnist I’d been back when I started writing for the Mail & Guardian in the early 2000s.

I’ve received some memorable criticism over my career. I will forever cherish being called a dom drol by Steve Hofmeyr. In this case, however, I wasn’t plunged into a long dark night of the soul, or even a short, faintly luminescent one. If you dish it out you need to be able to take it, and besides, when someone takes 2,064 words (as this person did) to express their fury that you are no longer the insecure snob you were at 25, they’re saying more about themselves than about you...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now

Would you like to comment on this article?
Register (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

Commenting is subject to our house rules.