Birnbaum: Is it too early to know what the world thinks of this book?
Ford: I've heard some things. A terrible review in The Sunday New York Times.
Birnbaum: Are you going to go out and shoot it? Is that a true story that your wife took a pistol and shot a bad review Alice Hoffman gave you?
Ford: Yes, it is a true story. Shot her book. Seemed so good to do. We had another copy so I went out and shot it too. I don't read my reviews anymore.
(De uma entrevista antiga a Richard Ford, que é, depois da aposentação de Norman Mailer, claramente o escritor mais chanfrado em actividade)