AARON SAYS HE'S SORRY
I think the hate-mailers are surprised when they get a response; Aaron wasn't counting on that.
I wrote him back, as I do all my hate-mailers. That surprises people who've been particularly nasty in some sort of correspondence. I don't apologize, unless I have something to apologize for. I don't vow to change things I will not change. I don't promise anything I wouldn't deliver.
I just write them back in a respectful tone. Sometimes I explain things. Other times I just thank them for their criticism.
Half the time I never hear from them again. A quarter of the time they take another shot at me. Most of the rest of the time, they say they hadn't meant for their message to be so nasty, and sometimes they even apologize.
Aaron wrote the other day, and this about-face takes the cake.