Don’t cry over bad reviews

We all know how bad it hurts when someone negatively comments on your work, but don’t they say “learn from your mistakes”, not “attempt to burry them in an enraged public display”?

Well, law professor Karin Calvo-Goller didn’t get the memo.

After writing a book entitled Trial Proceedings of the International Criminal Court: ICTY and ICTR Precedents; fellow law professor Thomas Weigend responds with a critical and somewhat negative review. Calvo-Goller’s reaction? Quite negative as well.

Rather than accepting that others views often differ from your own, she demanded that Weigend suppress the review for fear it would negatively impact her reputation.  When her request was declined, Calvo-Goller brought him to court on the grounds of criminal libel.

Whew, her feelings were really hurt.

What did Calvo-Goller do wrong in this situation?  Rather than covering up the fact she may or may not have written a credible ICC “Trial Proceedings” book, she illuminated the fact that she may or may not have written a credible ICC “Trial Proceedings” book.


A public book-burning might not help hide that book.

baby-be-bopAccording to Techdirt, a group of people in Wisconsin are petitioning a local library for permission to burn “Baby Be-Bop“, the story of a gay teenager.

Of course, by making this big stink about wanting to burn the book (and suing for $120,000 because they were exposed to it), the book is gaining a lot of attention.

The louder they scream about this, the more attention (and sales) the book will see.

Tintin In the Congo

Tintin in the CongoTintin In The Congo is a series of comic strips in a book, written in 1931 by Belgian author Herge.

In July of 2007, Britain’s equality watchdog (The Commission for Racial Equality) came down hard on the book, accusing it of making black people “look like monkeys and talk like imbeciles”. They also added that it depicted “hideous racial prejudice” and they called for it to be banned.

This caused sales of the book to jump by 3800%. In fact, a few days after they called for the book to be banned, it had climbed to number eight on Amazon’s most popular books list. Four days earlier, it had been at #4,343.