Really interesting comments thread about new writing over at the Guardian, following on from an unpromising blog entry about Sam Mendes. Big respect to Anthony Neilson for getting involved, and for defending himself with such wit and good humour in the face of yet more anonymous abuse. It seems writers who wade into a debate on whatever subject are somehow subject to different rules. Why is it always seen as cynical self-publicising to express an opinion on phenomena taking place in our own industry? I wish people would give writers a bit more credit.