Literary Hit-and-Run

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Michael Crichton in Next (2006)

Michael Crowley wrote an critical article about Michael Crichton in 2006 (with regards to Crichton's suppositions on climate change in "State of Fear". Later that year, Michael Crichton released "Next", a novel about the perils of biotechnology. A minor character in it was also a Mick Crowley, a Washington political columnist who rapes a baby...

From NYT:
On Page 227 Mr. Crichton writes: "Alex Burnet was in the middle of the most difficult trial of her career, a rape case involving the sexual assault of a two-year-old boy in Malibu. The defendant, thirty-year-old Mick Crowley, was a Washington-based political columnist who was visiting his sister-in-law when he experienced an overwhelming urge to have anal sex with her young son, still in diapers."

Mick Crowley is described as a "wealthy, spoiled Yale graduate" with a small penis that nonetheless "caused significant tears to the toddler's rectum."

Mr. Crowley writes that Mr. Crichton’s Mick Crowley not only has a similar name but is also a graduate of Yale and a Washington political journalist. Mr. Crowley contends that Mr. Crichton has tried to escape public censure for his literary attack by hiding behind what has become known as "the small penis rule."

The rule, Mr. Crowley writes, is described in a 1998 article in The New York Times in which the libel lawyer Leon Friedman said it is a trick used by authors who have defamed someone to discourage lawsuits. "No male is going to come forward and say, 'That character with a very small penis — that’s me!’ " Mr. Friedman explained.

On another note, Michael Crichton died of cancer on Nov 4 2008. One of the very first "adult books" i read when i was in primary school was his novel, the Andromeda Strain. I'm sure any kid my age will also fondly remember Jurassic Park. RIP.