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Tilt Gets Flamed...and Seeks Redemption

It's been said that everyone's a critic. Well, let's hope so! A critic doesn't necessarily mean someone is critical. It just means they provide an informed – in some cases, an expert – opinion about something. I hope we are all capable of offering this sort of feedback. As an artist, it is highly rewarding and valuable to have these impressions shared with us. It can help influence our views and shape our future creations.

What concerns me is when someone offers an opinion absent any context. I've had more than a few people approach me and offer a critique of either me or Life on Tilt without knowing me or reading the book. It's hard for me to do anything with this input, since it's baseless so I have to discard their thoughts and move on because I'm not dealing with a critic, I'm dealing with someone who's ignorant.

I had a guy in the UK who got ahold of a promotional item for Life on Tilt when it was released a couple of years ago. The blog can be found here: http://wageringwar.blogspot.com/2008/05/life-on-tilt-my-5-sit-gos-are-never.html

I found the piece to be incredibly amusing and recently wrote to the blogger, Jeffrey Prest, to share my reaction and offer him a copy of the book in case he'd like to do a proper review. He graciously accepted my feedback and offer. I should have checked the shipping rates to the UK before I did this, but I ponied up my $48 to ship my $20 book across the pond and Jeffrey proved to be a man of his word.

Today, Jeffrey delivered his review, which I now share with you here:

http://wageringwar.blogspot.com/2010/03/life-on-tilt-review.html

Down with ignorance…up with developing our inner critic!

Take time to Tilt,

John

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