The title grabbed my attention: “The Perverse Monstrosity of Our Beautiful Work.” So did author L.L. Barkat’s first sentence: “It was the suckiest letter I ever received.” Any article that combines perversity, monstrosity, beauty, and suckiness just has to be read.
Barkat’s “suckiest letter” was in response to something she had written. Someone didn’t like her work, and told her in no uncertain terms. I’ve received a few letter’s like this over the years, not to mention several dozen blog comments. I don’t especially like polite criticism. When it comes with meanness, I want to clobber somebody with a baseball bat or, rather, go crawl into a hole. L.L. Barkat knows just what I mean.