Benjamin Rosenbaum

Comments on "Dear Barry & Mike"

Thank you; well said. I especially like how you pointed out that there are only a few lines and that it is in the context of writing, not a person memoir. With narrative, which needs out most details, with limited space, the details that are included are the ones on which importance is placed. This is a fact that should be obvious to writers.

Posted by Alex Haist at June 3, 2013 05:58 PM

Plenty of us born pre-1960 are also disgusted. We remember what things were like Back In The Day, and we don't want to go back there. Why Resnick and Malzberg haven't grown up mystifies us.

Posted by Xopher Halftongue at June 3, 2013 11:25 PM

That's a really good point, Xopher, and I stand corrected.

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at June 3, 2013 11:46 PM

Well said!

Posted by Avram at June 4, 2013 04:11 AM

Xopher is sensible, as usual, and I (born 1928) also share that disgust (and, probably, disappointment, at least in the matter of Resnick, who's a rather good writer & whose moments of knuckeheadness (IMHO) haven't been excessive).

Posted by Don Fitch at June 4, 2013 01:59 PM


I've read a lot about this particular uproar in the last 72 hours, most of it tone deaf and wildly overreacting. I wish everyone involved would read this piece. In fact, I think I'll point them to it. Very well said.

Posted by John O'Neill at June 4, 2013 10:49 PM

I was born before 1960, and can, in fact, remember it. I also agree with Xopher. Resnick, whom I've met, certainly could have done better. It's one thing to try to make a joke out of material that really wasn't all that funny in 1958 I suspect, but not to understand that the context has changed and that people expect better is a true failure both of imagination and decency. They're adults, they should behave like it.

Posted by Fragano Ledgister at June 5, 2013 09:37 PM


As promised, I quoted you on the Black Gate blog, and there's been some discussion of your comments here:

Just FYI. :)


Posted by John O'Neill at June 10, 2013 08:32 PM

Thanks, John!

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at June 11, 2013 08:21 AM

Just happened to run across this. Don't know much of anything about blogs but...

I'd like to understand this controversy better, but though I easily found Resnick's/Malzberg's responses to the complaints (everyone's is providing links to those), I don't seem to be able to find their original statements that started the whole issue. Can someone point me to that?

I did see the cover picture referred to. Maybe I'm too old fashioned myself, but it's hard to imagine THAT being controversial in any way.


Ps. again, I don't know about blogs, but if someone could email me, that would be great. I'm at

Pps. Love your "Please choose one:" options!

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