Thursday Reviews: The Mallet Of Loving Correction by John Scalzi

The Mallet of Loving Correction

John Scalzi

A best of the blog collection, Mallet covers the last decade of John Scalzi’s The Whatever, one of the most popular blogs on the Internet. For this collection, he picks the ones that have caused the most controversy in the comment sections. The title comes from Scalzi’s policy of deleting, often with a snarky explanation as to why, trolling comments. He refers to this as breaking out The Mallet of Loving Correction. Among other things, Scalzi…

  • Asserts his place in the geek hierarchy, telling a self-important CNN columnist that anyone can be a geek who wants to be.
  • Simply tells the nation’s far right that they’re bat shit insane and lays out why. (To be fair, he’s not all that easy on liberals, either.)
  • Live tweets Lord of the Rings because his daughter and wife are not home to stop him.
  • In one of the more touching entries, explains how his recently deceased dog demonstrated her unconditional love for this strange man that mommy seems so fond of. (That one made me tear up a little.)

I spent most of my time reading laughing out loud. Especially when he grades hate mail.