This was simply a collection of articles, most of which had been
published previously. Perhaps the most interesting element was
the inclusion of headnotes. These detailed how the pieces were
commissioned and why, in my estimation, some were rejected.
One editor, upset about my description of him, wrote a letter
that was a veiled threat. Soon after, he became editor-in-chief
of the New York Times Book Review. He failed to assign
my next novel and had the one after that reviewed so late that
it was worthless as a sales or publicity factor. For as long
as he held the position, my work got the back of his hand. I've
not done as many magazine articles since this collection was
published, but quite enough, together with newspaper columns,
to fill another book.