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Daniel Krotz

Stephen King and Under the Dome

Posted Monday, January 25, 2010, at 4:38 PM
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  • I certainly can't comment on the veracity of your claim -- since I wasn't at the particular event you mention -- but I've had the chance to get acquainted with Mr. Irving (in person and via correspondence). In fact, he and King not only shared a green room area (along with JK Rowling) while I was backstage during a 2006 event at Radio City Music Hall, they also shared that stage and have shared several others at charity events (one author enlisting the other for each cause). While it could be argued that they would appear together -- friendly toward each other -- for the good of each charity, that doesn't explain their friendly demeanor backstage. And, personally, I've _never_ heard -- or read of -- Irving saying such things about King (a man he refers to as his friend).

    While I can see why you used the intro to tie inot your review about King's "rude" novel, I'm certain you have either gotten the "facts" about the wrong (after hearing them second hand) or misremembered (it happens to us all).

    -- Posted by DTS9 on Sun, Jan 31, 2010, at 5:11 AM
  • first of all, thanks for reading the review. I never know if these things are read or not. ANd, I envy your knowing Mr. Irving; I like his stuff and look forward to each new book. I also like King's work quite a lot--which why I was disappointed in Under the Dome. And, with respect to your point:

    I don't have factual substantiation of whether they like or dislike one another. I recall reading Irving and Updike making rather bruising comments about Tom Wolfe and agreeing that Wolfe's books are "no better than Stephen King's crap." And the photo in hand is as I described it, but certainly open to interpretation. In any case, thanks very much for both reading the review and for your comment.

    -- Posted by dkrotz on Mon, Feb 1, 2010, at 5:02 PM
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