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Author Snipes Critic on Twitter Over Negative Review

There's nothing quite like using Twitter to rally your supporters in a time of crisis -- just ask the Mythbusters -- but author Alice Hoffman seems to have gone a bit too far.

The writer took her grievances to Twitter after Boston Globe reviewer Roberta Silman issued a mildly negative review of her new book 'The Story Sisters.' According to, the aggrieved writer tweeted, "Now any idiot can be a critic. Writers used to review writers. My second novel was reviewed by Ann Tyler. So who is Roberta Silman?" and "Roberta Silman in the Boston Globe is a moron. How do some people get to review books? And give the plot away."

While voicing an opinion is one thing, Hoffman crossed the line by urging fans to contact Silman, even posting her home phone number and e-mail address. Gawker updates the duel, explaining that Hoffman deleted her Twitter account and posted a half-hearted apology for insulting, and harassing, the lit-critic.

A word of advice -- if a writer wants people to read her work, maybe she should thicken her skin to any response. [From: and Gawker]

Celebrities on Twitter

    Recently, media personalities have taken to celebrity Twitterers like fat kids to the neighborhood ice cream truck. But don't be fooled, dear readers. We here at Switched are the fattest on the block. So, without further ado, we present to you the most ridiculous, significant, misspelled and/or out-of-context tweets by the most recognizable folks we could find. Enjoy.

    Shaquille O'Neal
    "I'm goin to the alamo tomorro to get one of those daniel boone squirrel tail hats, I'm n san antonio, in case u didn't kno were the alamo is"


    Tina Fey
    "I don't know why I even bother chewing corn anymore."


    Ashton Kutcher
    "There's nothing cool about being a pimp. Pimp = Slave Owner"


    Britney Spears
    "Britney went to Jerry's Deli last night for after shopping at Target. She had a black and white milkshake with dinner. Lauren"


    John Tesh
    "JT is shopping with women. I need a guy film."


    Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz
    "When I'm asleep on the inside only you get my acid washed mind."


    President Barack Obama
    "We just made history. All of this happened because you gave your time, talent and passion. All of this happened because of you. Thanks"


    Senator John McCain
    "YEs!! I am twittering on my blackberry but not without a little help!"


    John Cleese
    "Thinking about tooth decay..."


Tags: alice hoffman, AliceHoffman, author, book review, BookReview, boston globe, BostonGlobe, top, twitter



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