This list of the 50 top Author vs. Author Put-downs is (justifiably) making the rounds. My favorite is this one,
27. William Faulkner, according to Ernest Hemingway
Have you ever heard of anyone who drank while he worked? You’re thinking of Faulkner. He does sometimes — and I can tell right in the middle of a page when he’s had his first one.
Maybe Faulkner wasn’t doing stream-of-consciousness so much as rambling drunk.
One insult that is missing, and I can’t seem to track down which book it’s about, is this famous one by Ambrose Bierce.
The covers of this book are too far apart.