Via The Morning News:

“Listen,” I said. “If anything I wrote offended you personally, I apologize. It was meant to be a musical criticism, and I don’t think any reasonable reader would have taken it otherwise. I didn’t intend to impugn your character.”

“How is it anything other than personal when you call me shameless?” Richard Marx said. Then he asked, “Do you have any children?”

“No,” I said.

“Well, then you can’t relate. You called me shameless in my hometown, where my family can read this.”

That was a douchey thing to say, especially since Richard Marx is married to a model and I’d woken up alone that morning. I let it pass, though. I wasn’t there to start another argument.

“You need to have a thicker skin,” I said. “People write things about me on the internet all the time.”

“Nobody has a thicker skin than I do,” Richard Marx said.

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