Fired (and resigned) journalists extract literary revenge on their former bosses.

Media criticism.
June 6 2011 6:57 AM

"I Would Have Loved To Piss on Your Shoes"

What Mark Schlueb and other fired or resigned journalists wrote to their bosses on the way out.

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"Even at the top of the heap. Perhaps especially at the top of the heap.

"Who knew?"
Dan Baum, in a May 2009 marathon of tweets, about two years after his New Yorker contract was not renewed.

Had enough? Didn't think so. See Part 2 of "I Would Have Loved To Piss on Your Shoes."


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* Correction, June 6, 2011: This article originally misspelled Mark Schlueb's last name. (Return to corrected sentence.)

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