A few days ago, a book club I attend in Huron met with a Cleveland novelist, Alissa Nutting, the author of the novel “Tampa.” It’s a controversial book that depicts a lady schoolteacher who is a pedophile.
Nutting told us many of he emails she received complaining about her book began, “I haven’t read your book, but ... “
I felt a kinship with Nutting when she told us that. I told the group that a surprising number of readers who call to complain about an article in the newspaper admit that they had not actually read it and say, “I heard that ... “
I sometimes ask the person who has called to please read the article, and then tell me what is wrong with it.