It's true, as Margaret Atwood remarked in her talk yesterday [reprinted in The Women's Review of Books, January 1994], that editors love to set up controversy by siccing
reviewers onto writers they are guaranteed to hate.
Freeing our police and prisons from counterproductive Big Brothering and siccing
them upon those animalistic stalkers who truly deserve society's wrath seems to frighten America's ruling class worse than a gun-toting, dope-smoking Ninja Turtle cracking heads on a Saturday morning cartoon.
In a steady drum roll of doom that he saw Perot portending for democracy, William Safire, the most eloquent Timesman and resident expert on fascists since he worked alongside so many in the Nixon White House, repeatedly accused Perot of siccing
Cohn on John Wheeler, a writer who headed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee, in a dispute over the memorial design.