Posted on November 5, 2019 at 2:42 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Another day, another controversial literary prize choice. (Seriously.)

When the Paris Review gave its lifetime achievement award to author Richard Ford, other writers and readers reacted with dismay.

Ford, as it turns out, spat in the face of Colson Whitehead and also shot a hole in a copy of Alice Hoffman’s book and mailed it to her.

Their crimes? Reviewing Ford’s work negatively.

Check out the Guardian’s article about the controversy, if only to read Whitehead’s witty — and unbelievably calm — commentary on the spit incident.

The award, formally known as the Hadada Prize, will be presented in April by rock star Bruce Springsteen.

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