I have been getting quite a few bits of nice fan mail and feedback from readers of Secrets & Lies during the last few weeks. I do not need to have my ego stroked, but it is always good to know that your work is reaching an audience and connecting with them.
However, lest I begin to think Secrets & Lies is only read by people with positive things to say about it, I got a reassuringly abusive reader email today. It read:
'How does it feel to be an ignorant and ungrateful fool?
America is not aggressive. My country saved England from the Nazis and commies. Why don't you shove your pathetic anti-American horseshit up your screaming English faggot hole?
I hate your book and I hope you die.'
It was signed: 'A Defender of Liberty'.
To add to his non-aggressive 'hope you die', bravery and willingness to debate the accusation, Defender of Liberty had used a remailer to protect his anonymity. This is a shame as I would have liked to have asked him for a definition of what exactly makes my 'English faggot hole' so 'screaming'?
Later today I will post the entry that seemed to work Defender of Liberty into such froth and let people decide for themselves whether I write 'anti-American horseshit.'
Personally, I do not think I do.
With a modicum of intelligence, you can love America and its people with passion and hate the actions of its governments without any significant dissonance.