One of the more popular postings on The Hypothetical Library was Jennifer L. Knox's "adaptation" of Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything. She took his monumental cookbook, scratched out his name, replaced it with her own, and then added a new introduction.
Here is the adjusted cover, and you can see the post that led to this one, here.
Mr. Bittman was a good sport about the whole thing, and even mentioned it on Twitter. Because of his gracious reaction and good humor about the whole thing, I thought it only fair to let him have a crack at Ms. Knox's work.
As I mentioned in my previous post Ms. Knox had a poem in last week's issue of The New Yorker. It struck me that this would be the perfect opportunity for Mr. Bittman to extract his revenge.
I contacted Mr. Bittman to offer him the chance to level things out, and he was game. After some back and forth, we decide the best approach would be for me to physically alter the attribution, and he would send an approval e-mail—a sort of hypothetical power of attorney. His direction for the signature was "Just make a big sloppy 'M.'"
Here is Mr. Bittman's "reattributed" New Yorker poem Pimp My Ride.
And here is the accompanying e-mail.
Ms. Knox has been given a copy of both the adjusted poem and e-mail—she was delighted by both. Balance has been restored.