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October 02, 2007


Matt Davis

I disagree with his "1." I think it's very, very relevant indeed. And him pulling the moral high ground with the brief reply is basic p.r schtick. He should apologize more fully—please keep dogging him. What do his editors think?

Kevin Allman

Matt, I haven't approached Eric Asimov's editor yet, nor the Times' public editor/ombudsman; I'd like to get a full accounting from him first. He's promised to respond, and I take him at his word.

I've sent him a few specific questions and will publish his replies in full once I've received them.


I agree with Matt and am looking forward to further developments.

Jack Bog

Bad link to your prior article.


Good thing he's not the astronomy and science fiction writer. . .

Kevin Allman

Whoops. Thanks, Jack. Fixed.

Isaac Laquedem

Eric Asimov is the son of the late Stanley Asimov, longtime editor of Newsday (a Long Island paper). Stanley Asimov was the younger brother of the late science and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.

Squire Bozorth

Please, this is ridiculous, he acknowledges his error and I have looked at the Times ethics policy and find nothing that would clearly bar this type of wine dinner.

As for the piano teacher 'issue', it is totally without merit. As a state prosecutor in a small town who constantly has to monitor my own conflicts and ethical dilemmas I can tell you I have hired and had business relationships with many people who were family members of people I was prosecuting. To say that Asimov should have disclosed who his son's piano teacher is is just silly.

Additionally, as a transplanted New Yorker who lives in Portland metro area I can tell you that everything Asimov said about Paley's is absolutely true and unembellished. It is a consistent and innovative eatery (Vitaly Paley 2005 James Beard winner) that would give any in New York a run for it's money.


you are totally right about that issue about his mother, is not important and this fact do not influed in nothing in the character personality.

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