(see my earlier post on this: http://knottprosepo.blogspot.com/2009/11/plus-ca-change.html . . . )
This is one of his many imprecations against me, as featured on his blog:
"Some of the Lulu books are prefaced by two pages of anti-blurbs (”[Bill Knott is] incompetent” & so on), many of them wrenched from the context of appreciative reviews, by the likes of Christopher Ricks . . ."
I can't find my xerox of the Christopher Ricks review (The Massachusetts Review, Spring 1970 issue), but have ordered another one which should arrive in about a week and which I will then scan in its entirety onto this blog as a jpeg file, where anyone can make their own judgement as to whether it is indeed an "appreciative review" . . .
To say that "many of" the quotes I print in my LULU books are "wrenched from the context of appreciative reviews" is untrue—one or two of them may be wrenched thus, though I would dispute even that, and would claim that even those one or two are not inaccurate in spirit—
and then there's this: in many of the LULU books I also include two pages of favorable blurbs and excerpts from reviews which actually are appreciative—
Does Michael Robbins consider these latter also fraudulent?
All the quotes I use are sourced, and all those sources can be checked out by anyone who wants the truth,
though I suspect that these sensationalist accusations of my malfeasance in this matter
are a paparazzian fanfaronade so coquettish in its hyberbole, so gossipy-glicksome,
that few if any will bother to seek out and verify the mere factual.