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Just as a warning: the following contains a passage from a new book that some people may find graphic and/or disturbing

I know, stop the presses right? Well, this is just so mind bogglingly juvenile that I had to post it. Apparently, semi-famous (to news junkies) columnist Michael Crowley wrote an unflattering cover story on Mr. Chricton at some point in the recent past. So, does Crichton write a letter to the editor to defend himself? Does he try and explain why the unflattering portrait was unfair? Nope, he just names a character in his new book, "Next," Mick Crowley. Keep in mind that the real Crowley is a Washington-based political columnist who went to Yale.

Apparently, this Mick Crowley character is up to no good. From the book:

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.)

What an ***...

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I see nothing wrong with it.

In the book the character is named Mick.

The writer is named Mike.

By that logic, "Jim" and "James" are also totally different.

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That is fantastic work by Crichton. He follows a core belief of mine: Don't get mad, get back.

You can't hail Crichton for sharing that belief, because as it turns out, he's a miserable coward. From the link posted by dschonbe:

There is an obscure publishing doctrine known as "the small penis rule." As described in a 1998 New York Times article, it is a sly trick employed by authors who have defamed someone to discourage their targets from filing lawsuits. As libel lawyer Leon Friedman explained to the Times, "No male is going to come forward and say, 'That character with a very small penis, 'That's me!'" This gimmick was undoubtedly on the mind of Michael Crichton, the pulp science-fiction writer of Jurassic Park fame, when he wrote the following passage in his latest novel, Next.

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Crichton launched his noxious attack from behind the shield of the small penis rule because, I'm sure, he's embarrassed by what he has done. In researching my article, I found a man who has long yearned for intellectual stature beyond the realm of killer dinosaurs and talking monkeys. And Crichton must know that turning a critic into a poorly endowed child rapist won't exactly aid his cause. Ultimately, then, I find myself strangely flattered. To explain why, let me propose a corollary to the small penis rule. Call it the small man rule: If someone offers substantive criticism of an author, and the author responds by hitting below the belt, as it were, then he's conceding that the critic has won.

This sets aside the question of whether Crichton has a grievance to "get back" about in the first place. I can't answer that because I haven't read the original article. What is clear is that, instead of addressing his detractors like a thoughful, reasoned person, he acted like ... well, like Michael Crichton. Kind of embarassing.

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By that logic, "Jim" and "James" are also totally different.

Mickey Schmidt

Mike Mantle

Mike Cochrane

Mickey Piazza

No its still different as I have never heard a guy named Mike being called Mickey.

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I think it would be sorta neat to have a character sharing my name in a book or movie. I think it's the type of thing that the writer/producer should auction off for charity. The more high profile the better as it would be a good ice breaker...

As to not completely digress - That is a terribly written paragraph.

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