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Do you ever feel bad about past remarks?
I thought I was much too personally severe with Michael Kinsley when I wrote about Slate. I was a little rough there. I feel bad that Pauline Kael took it as deeply as she did, because were all independent critics, were all strong-willed critics, and its not as if Pauline hasnt had scrapes with her friends before, a lot worse than this. So, I regret it, but if thats how it plays out Im not going to change it. If you start pulling your punches in advance, thats deadly. So I dont try to go out of my way to be nasty, but at the same, a lot of times I think, Okay, Im just going to say it, and if the person gets upset, they get upset.