Article by James Parker and Zoe Heller. 16 December, 2014. The New York Times.
“Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, James Parker and Zoë Heller discuss the pitfalls for writers who directly respond to their critics.
Getting a bad review is no longer an elite experience. We’ve all been trolled, oafed, flambéed in some thread somewhere. By James Parker
To answer the question directly: No, no, a thousand times no.
I have sat up more than I care to admit, mentally composing responses to critics who I felt had treated me poorly. by Zoe Heller
One powerful, not entirely worthy motive for encouraging writers to answer their critics is that it makes for excellent theater.