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The Question (ID Number 545)...

    I've read all your books, and I think they are amazing pieces of work! Your books have changed how I see the world. As a result they have changed how I live my life and what I value. I have a problem though. My family doesn't think what I'm doing with my life is a good idea. They think I've bought into something that I will forever regret! In fact I think they may even think I need to be saved from this "Ishmael type thinking" Which I know isn't true. But I'm still pissed off about it, because family is pretty important to me. Here are some of the things I've heard. 1.You and your ideas may be a conspiracy to give us poor people false hope while the Jews steal from us." 2.Quinn is a Jewish name, therefore you are a Jew and you are in cahoots with the Jewish power who controls the worlds wealth. 3.Ishmael was a Jew in the bible, and of course the bible is the Jews handbook. So the character you used also leads to the conspiracy of you trying to keep us gentiles brainwashed. 4. You got rich off your books, us poor people still have to make a living. Those are all I can think of off hand. The reason why I'm writing this to you is because with the knowledge you have, I'm hoping you can challenge these bullshit myths. Or you can point me in the right direction so I can put these myths to rest. If you have time, it would be great to here your thoughts on this.

    ...and the response:

    I'm afraid I have no antidote for your family's "Jewish Conspiracy" thing. Like all conspiracy theories, it's an article of faith, beyond the reach of reason. While it may be true that the Ishmael of the bible "was a Jew," the Ishmael of my book is, um, a GORILLA, and I don't think gorillas are divided up between Jews and Gentiles. The idea that Quinn is a Jewish name is pretty funny; Quinn is as Irish as O'Malley (and it was originally O'Quinn). The idea that I've "got rich" off my books is also pretty funny. I'm happy to say that I make a living as a writer, but if you want to see authors who've "got rich" off their books, you'll have to look at folks like John Grisham and Stephen King.

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