January 22, 2009


Michael Czobit

Good review.

I read Haskell's first novel, American Purgatorio, a couple of weeks ago. Some of the problems you described in his latest one were present in the first. American Purgatorio settled into the mundane after Haskell resolved the mystery.

J. Haskell

I'm sorry you didn't seem to like what I was trying to do in Out of My Skin. I have the sense that you didn't think I was being honest, or that I was pretending to be a character instead of being that character. Perhaps you've read my other books, but if you haven't, it might give you some idea of what I'm trying to do with character and with the mundane world that character inhabits. Of course there's always the possibility that you just don't like my writing, or that we have different tastes, but since we're both writers, and I imagine we're both interested in communication, I thought I'd send you a note.

All best,


Thank you for the gracious note, Mr. Haskell. I'll reply at length privately but I certainly never doubted your honesty or the honest intentions of the work itself. I appreciate your comment here.

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