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So, last week, there was the pleasure of people who preordered Black Sheep. That was cool. This week, however, it's people who won't buy my book. This is from Carol Ryles (sirius2canopus):

One thing I learned though, is there's no way I'm ever going to buy his bloody novel, even if I see it at the second hand book shop, selling for 20c. Even if it's an awardwinning bestseller. Just thinking about it gives me a bad taste in my mouth.


Isn't that great?

Apparently Carol (who I didn't know was sirius2canopus a couple of days ago, but who is actually a writer on the local scene here) thinks I'm a bit of a cunt--a bit of an alpha male cunt, actually. She has pictures of apes and babies to compare me to. Very stylish, I thought. Of course, in her name calling, she's joined by Lee Battersby llbatt) who has been on a bit of a crusade to point out what a cunt I am ever since February, when I didn't like Lyn (his wife's) story. Which is fair enough, because, lets face it, I'm a bit of a fucking cunt.* Yes, it's true. No, don't say otherwise, I'm a cunt. I know, I know. Lets not forget that my image as a big bad loner is just a pose, by the way. Am I missing something?

Anyhow, another person, they might find that this kind of thing is a bit insulting, but you know, really, I kind of find it communal. It's nice that two people are finding a way to come together.

In fact, I like this idea of people coming together through their hate at me, that I think you should go over there to Carol's blog, and join in. Share a bit of hate with her. Swap a monkey picture or two. Maybe trade some Kant quotes--she left a bit of that in the older post, so you know she likes the old philosophy. And you guys can sit and chat with Lee, talk about how all I need is to be left alone, how I hate everyone so much, and how all I am is one big poser. Yes. This is the Day of Communal Hate Against Ben Peek.

I myself am taking part and so should you.




* For her part, Lyn seems to have gone for the whole Ben Peek means nothing to me and why should I give a shit cause many others liked my story. Sure, it's admirable, but where's the many months of grinding her teeth, and telling people what a cunt I am?

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kazzibee
May. 29th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
Raaaaarrr! You should be flattered. That lady bothered to say a whole bunch of things... just because of you, ya cunt!

benpeek
May. 29th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
i find it kind of funny, really. crazy people.
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(Anonymous)
May. 29th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)
Wow. I just drop in now and again and haven't read all of what's gone before, but WOW! This sounds like Sunday afternoon with my grandad. I love my old grandad.
Agnes
benpeek
May. 29th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
what can i say? me and your granddad, we been swapping stories. turns out he used to shoot at strangers to get them mad. or something like that. i had a joke here, y'know.
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benpeek
May. 29th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
you better not mean me ;P
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frogworth
May. 29th, 2006 09:22 am (UTC)
Oy veh.
So now, not only should you be damn well grateful to those writers, without whom you wouldn't have your lucrative reviewing career, but she's not going to buy your book because you say nasty things?

You go girl!

(For what it's worth, I think this quote is one of the most insanely wrong-headed things I've read of late:
"When someone writes a review, they are doing it on the back of another writer's work. No work, no review. No review and the reviewer has to make their money and their name all by themselves."
I mean what you can say to that, except "And so what?")
benpeek
May. 29th, 2006 11:12 am (UTC)
you know, i've only written three reviews...

anyhow, you know, there were people who agreed with that. like you, though, i struggled to find an argument back that was more than 'and so what'?
frogworth
May. 29th, 2006 09:22 am (UTC)
You're a cunt, but you're our cunt, my boy.
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ataxi
May. 29th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
As a neutral observer: read it all, can't see where you were noticeably offensive. The words "how ridiculous" smart when you're on the receiving end, but they're meek by the standards of nearly any internet forum.
benpeek
May. 29th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
well, you know how it is with me. when i express an opinion to anyone in the local scene, it's either me attacking them, or me ripping down their ideals. or sticking my finger up at them. there aren't many choices, apparently.
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markdeniz
May. 29th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
Ya cunt!
I thought I'd join the bandwagon for no reason other than to swear a bit! ;-)
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sirius2canopus
May. 29th, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
Aw Ben. Didn't you like my misplaced humour? It was a bit over the top, I agree. Knee jerk reaction. I'm not proud of it. But I'm still feeling too ridiculous to regret it. Sorry. I've never said anything like that about anyone's work before. I'll never say it again. In fact I'll change my mind if I read some evidence that your book's a good read. When I'm not so mad at you any more. When I can see reason. When I can get my confidence back.

You are quite welcome to review any of my work, if you still want to, that is, but if you make me lose my confidence in the process, I can't guarantee I'll be civil in private. I'll just ignore you in public though and that includes my blog. Although I have a uni degree now, I was pretty much autodidactic before that. Feeling inadequate is a hard habit to break.
benpeek
May. 29th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
Aw Ben. Didn't you like my misplaced humour?

oh, please. don't be pathetic. just go with the hate and don't be ashamed and don't try to back down from it. misplaced humour is just weak.
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(Anonymous)
May. 29th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
Wow. I'm surprised at how quickly it took for things to hit an all new low.

So you gave some negative comments written in a medium which allows critical and personal opinion. And how does she respond? By doing some name calling. That's very mature of Carol, someone who's a parent as well.

But anyway, for your sake, you should get some of these cunt quotes onto the back cover of your book. Powderfinger went around calling Ben Lee a cunt years ago and look what it's done for him. I predict big things for you, ya cunt!
sirius2canopus
May. 29th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
You're a very funny little boy when you try. I really do need to go finish an essay on bloody culture and imperialism which I can't wait to finish so I can read some real literature like sf. It's my kid's turn to do the dishes. They've got to work for their keep over here.
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benpeek
May. 29th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
tell me... does my hair look good?
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benpeek
May. 29th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
no refunds on the time!
bodhichitta0
May. 29th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm really confused. I suppose I am meant to be. Did you review a story of hers? Is that what the problem is? Because I didn't get that you were putting her down at all on either of the posts. You guys were debating sure, and you voiced your side of things, but I don't get what she is responding to. I've read your blog on a pretty much daily (or sometimes because of time constraints, weekly) basis for two years and I just don't understand why people think you're right just because you say you are. :-D I don't have the same taste as you about some things so basically on those things I say, "Ben thinks this way. I think a different way. He voices things differently than I would. But I am not him. He is not me."

So are you like SUPER SUPER IMPORTANT and I don't know about it? :-p Are you a super seekrit thought leader in Australia? Your opinion must hold a lot of weight to these people, because man, I really don't know how else disagreements turn so personal so quickly except everyone caring an awful lot what you think.

I guess maybe it is just the internet in action.
mariness
May. 29th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
Hush, hush. Nobody's supposed to know about that whole Super Villain plot with him, the Russian cosmonaunt, the 23 water balloons, Kermit the Frog and...

...um. Wait. Am I giving it away?
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