Edward Champion posts “An Open Letter to Newsweek’s Richard Smith and Jon Meacham” that concludes:
I demand an explanation for how you could allow so many mistakes and so many curdish and tone-deaf observations to pass through your ratty cheesecloth.The Elegant Variation thinks:
labelling a hard working (and from what we've heard, generally decent) writer with the label misogynist simply because he doesn't write fully realized dimensional female characters - perhaps he's simply a writer who's reached the limit of his gifts - is a cheap shot that's beneath Newsweek. It's irresponsible and disheartening. The race to the bottom has a new frontrunner.Bethanne Patrick at The Book Studio has a less enraged, but equally thoughtful, response. Personally, I’ve read a fair amount of Russo, and I agree with the dissenters. Misogynist he is not. In Yabroff’s defense, though, Russo’s female characters aren’t his strength.