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Michael Crichton (Maturity) Age 9 1/2

thebitterguy made a really interesting post about Michael Crichton's antics in his latest book. I found this utterly fascinating and completely childish (Crichton's antics not thebitterguy's post which I only found fascinating and not childish at all!).

I can't believe someone is so petty and immature!

(Copied from thebitterguy)
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Apparently, Crichton decided that our suspicions that he was a total dickhead weren't enough, so he decided to seal the deal when he made a critic into a child molestor in his latest book.

It wasn't even a literary critic, but a scientific critic, Michael Crowley, who just pointed out (in the New Freaking Republic!) that maybe a book saying "Global warming is a myth" was just dumb. So what did Crichton do?



Alex Burnet was in the middle of the most difficult trial of her career, a rape case involving the sexual assault of a two-year-old boy in Malibu. The defendant, thirty-year-old Mick Crowley, was a Washington-based political columnist who was visiting his sister-in-law when he experienced an overwhelming urge to have anal sex with her young son, still in diapers. Crowley was a wealthy, spoiled Yale graduate and heir to a pharmaceutical fortune. ...

It turned out Crowley's taste in love objects was well known in Washington, but [his lawyer]--as was his custom--tried the case vigorously in the press months before the trial, repeatedly characterizing Alex and the child's mother as "fantasizing feminist fundamentalists" who had made up the whole thing from "their sick, twisted imaginations." This, despite a well-documented hospital examination of the child. (Crowley's penis was small, but he had still caused significant tears to the toddler's rectum.)


Niiiice. Apparently, this isn't the first time he's done it, either, but I couldn't find any corroboration for that.
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karkehan
Dec. 19th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
This explains why I don't have an Michael Crichton books!
saffrongraphics
Dec. 19th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
I have a couple of Michael Crichton books, but they're his earlier ones. I recently read "Timeline" and was *thoroughly* unimpressed. One would be better off reading "The Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis, or "The Book of Kells" by R.A. MacAvoy. Both are far superior, and write about much the same thing (and precede his book by many years).

I suspect I'll mentally refer to Crichton as "that spoiled Harvard graduate" from now on. :)
tooth_fairy
Dec. 19th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
that's horrid
pond823
Dec. 19th, 2006 09:46 am (UTC)
He is a poo-poo head and his stories smell of wee.
dan_g
Dec. 19th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
TBH Crighton writes Popcorn books... They have about as much scientific content as my own journal... This is why Holywood loves him, theres not technobabble, no bothersome reality, and best of all, lots of action... (Dan Brown and Tom Clancy also both fall into this Popcorn category).

As to whether or not Crighton is an imature little brat... Remember that he is writing in the USA where getting sued for Libel/slander is fairly common, if he does so, then he had better have a damn good lawyer or be very sure that his defence of 'its fiction' is well supported.

In short, only believe it when you read it for yourself from the pages of the book.
borrgette
Dec. 19th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
Might want to check out the New Republic articel written by the target of the piece, showing a somewhat saner attitude than I expect from an american journalist.

http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20061225&s=diarist122506
anyeone
Dec. 19th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
*cough*libelsuit*cough*
eryx_uk
Dec. 19th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
I've only ever read Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Chrichton, and they were ok. Nothing great.

Sounds to me now though, that he's going for the shock factor rather than writing some half-decent fiction.
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