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Oh, Baby, not another horrid Harlow bio

Posted by vp19 on 2008.12.11 at 00:20


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(Anonymous) at 2009-04-02 10:44 (UTC) (Link)

Dear Silents Girl

Such a pity you were not a real silents girl--you would be dead by now. Signed, the very arrogant, atrocious biographer, David Bret.
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(Anonymous) at 2009-04-03 11:10 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Dear Silents Girl

I have a good reputation on both sides of the pond, other than in these sites. I'm known to be polite, but when anyone attacks my work BEFORE it comes out and they have had the chance to read it, and when they jump to assumptions--untrue in Harlow's case, for this is the only subject I truly, truly felt sorry for in the horrid way she was treated--then I will fight back. A father fights to protect his young, by any means.
(Anonymous) at 2009-04-04 15:17 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Dear Silents Girl

I can understand being passionate about your work. I can even admire it, but when you wish a person were dead/harmed just because he/she did not enjoy some of your previous work...well, that is going too far! All I can say is: GROW UP MR. BRET!
(Anonymous) at 2009-04-03 18:50 (UTC) (Link)

Silents Girl anagram = Nil Gristle

So I checked out your site and your photograph--you almost look like a male Divine with a string mop stuck to your head, and too fat to even get into a cinema, but it would be insulting to tell you this, so I won't. The crux of the matter is this: you describe Edna O'Brien's Country Girls as one of the worst books of all time, which to me is an honour. To be denounced alongside one of the great authors of all time, even by Fatty Arbuckle in drag, is indeed a great honour. Indeed, I even now have a little admiration for Venereal Princess 19. Keep up the good work. And you also have managed to solve the riddle of why my publisher reprinted Gable after all the so-bad-it-must-be good reviews. They came from your wonderful site! And I was kidding about your looks. Lose another 200 pounds and have a face transplant and who knows, you might get to play Doris Day!
dinnyr at 2009-04-03 21:34 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Silents Girl anagram = Nil Gristle

Okay, here's the thing, Monsieur Bret. Everyone who has voiced their opinion on this subject has been reacting to your WORK, not to your PERSON. We call the above spewage about Silentsgirl an "ad hominem" attack, and the mere fact that you would resort to this gutter-level tactic shows what a nasty weak-minded piece of work you are. Her opinion is obviously based on extensive reading of Hollywood biographies and discussions with others of like mind. Their condemning your forthcoming book out-of-hand is a reasonable extension of having experienced your other work as well as that of many other authors. Having known your track record in the past, it's only natural to assume that the Harlow book would be more of the same. Nobody would think of, say, releasing Charles Manson on the grounds that "oh, maybe he won't be crazy and homicidal *this* time!" You look at his record and extrapolate probably future performance from it and you throw away the key. If these film scholars are alienated from you, Dave old boy, it's because of your own past performance.

Here's another thing: I went to your official website, which is at best gracelessly and at worst badly written, comprised of equal parts gaggingly fulsome and snarkily inane prose. For a second opinion I went to Wikipedia, and apparently, your interpretation of "having a good reputation" is as broad as it is deluded. It appears that your books were greeted in the States as uniformly sensationalistic and, outside the realm of your chosen subject's bedroom, singularly unable to offer any new insight into him or her. Your books in England followed the "tabloid" approach so popular in the low British press. Do I hear a *hack*ing cough in the room?

The preceding has been an evaluation of the value of your WORK. Not of your PERSON. Do you see the difference, and why countering someone's evaluation of your WORK with an evaluation of their PERSON just makes you look bad? Oh, and speaking of looking bad -- honey, a guy who looks like a cross between Quentin Crisp and Dame Edith Evans (much as I loved and admired them both) really shouldn't go out of his way to bash anybody else's looks! See, now, that was "ad hominem" and it makes me feel reeely reeely bad about myself. ;=)

Oh, and by the way, Roscoe Arbuckle was really cute in drag.

Return to your artistes and your chansons, M. Bret, after you've gone to Wikipedia and made fun of its acne scars...

(Anonymous) at 2009-04-04 08:25 (UTC) (Link)

Dinnyr / Dinner?

With a name like yours I wouldn't get too close to Silentsgirl.
Seriously though, point taken. The proof of the pudding, and for the pudding, will be in the eating. I also appreciate the comments regarding the photo. You wouldn't believe me if I said it had been doctored, but there we are and I will get it changed. Even so, Quentin wasn't a bad chap--he alleviated some of the boredom you Americans frequently foist onto the world my coming to live amongst you. And to be compared to Dame Edith---kiss, kiss. So why the picture of the child and not of your dear self. Are you one of these people who go to bed with two paper bags? One to put over his or her head unless yours comes off? Thanks again, DB
(Anonymous) at 2009-04-09 23:19 (UTC) (Link)

The Manson Family

Nice to be compared with a lunatic serial killer.
Such a shame, Dinner Lady, that you couldn't have been shacked
up at Cielo Drive on that fateful evening. DB
dinnyr at 2009-04-10 00:40 (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Manson Family

Um, should I be looking forward every five days to another lame comment on my one post here? Very well.

Just a housekeeping tip, Mr. B: that spittle on your monitor will come right off with a little vinegar water.
(Anonymous) at 2009-04-10 08:35 (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Manson Family

You know the score, Pudding Brain.
You leave me alone, and I do the same.
And that big head of yours will come off with a swift strike
from a well-honed axe.
dinnyr at 2009-04-10 16:02 (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Manson Family

I'd be quaking in my boots if I didn't know I could break you like a twig. Please seek professional help, you are truly out of control.
(Anonymous) at 2009-04-10 18:58 (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Manson Family

Dinner Lady, here's the rap.
Stick your head up your ass because you are full of fucking shit.
so stop your whining. Break me like a twig? I'd like to see you try, you pompous pool of motherfucker vomit.
I do not need professional help. I just need my world to be free
of arrogant, self-obsessed bastards like you.
Find someone else to pick on--try fucking an elephant.
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