About editing: Always just cut the text if you have to, he advised, never add to what's there.Much more in the WSJ. Kristol died a week ago.
About responding to critics en masse in a published venue: When answering letters written in response to something you've written, don't use the authors' names. Just lay out their common themes. That way you won't get caught up personally and can just stick to the ideas.
Advice from Irving Kristol
Passed on by Mary Eberstadt: