One especially-ugly word an author never wants to hear is: “pulp.”
To pulp a book is not merely to remove it from sale, but literally to destroy it, reducing the paper itself – and all of your words and thoughts – to a goopy chemical mash. I’ve had one of my books threatened with pulping even before it went on sale, so I can empathize with Anthony Shaffer, who has just had the first printing of his book gooped by a gang goofy censors in the Pentagon.
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Shaffer, a lieutenant colonel who served as an Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan, had written “Operation Dark Heart,” an unflattering assessment of America’s military intelligence bureaucracy. Playing by the rules, Col. Schaffer had dutifully submitted his m