Ed has a note up for an author who is threatening to sue him for something a commenter wrote on his blog. Thank god we don’t live in so litigious a society, or I bet I’d have been strung up long ago for something one of you guys did. You know who you are.
To Edward Champion / host of edrants.com,
It has come to my attention that your website has posted damaging and incorrect information about me as an author and my book on Kenneth Anger as solicited to you by a Mr Dagan of Berlin, whose accusations have proven to be fictitious, ie source material from authors who are duly credited.
I strongly urge you to remove it at your earliest convenience to avoid legal action against you. If the reference to me and the book are not removed by the end of the week, you will be hearing from my lawyers in Los Angeles.
Thank-you in advance,
Alice L Hutchison
Eds response tickles me to no end, mostly because he’s telling her to fuck off and get a life. But seriously, I try to encourage people to keep commentary above the belt, but every now and then a whacko gets through the grid (you know who you are… actually, you probably don’t). If something potentially libel comes in, what should the proper response be? Leave it until it’s noticed (when the damage might already be done) or quietly delete it and search for good karma in other places? In the end, my maxim about ignoring critics might have served Ms. Hutchinson well. Critics and accusations come and go in an instant, but a good dust-up draws a crowd and has legs.