While I still think it's valuable to consider criticism, and while I believe that
'you can be the being of being
only if love should pierce you deep inside.'
[- Salvatore Quasimodo]
- by which I mean I think it's worth being open to being hurt - I also think it would be disingenous to give away all one's self respect to any random person who tries to tear you apart.
In short: screw it.
Oh, and just for balance, here's a nice review for The New Rakes at GetmePleasure.com:
Rock n Roll gasm!
"fast paced, sexy and extremely erotic"