Literary Clusterfucks 2013

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or what unperson and jon said. dammit, took too long to rewrite the message

Filibuster Poindexter (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 14:38 (one month ago) link

Having worked for a couple of years at a small lit magazine of Believer-y proportions, edited by a total asshole who made everyone's lives miserable, the open letter rings completely accurate to me.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 14:40 (one month ago) link

I guess the point is, some freak accidents are less freaky than others

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 14:41 (one month ago) link

Yeah one rather obvious reading would be "it may have been unintentional, but given our other experiences, we doubt it". So never mind what I said before.

JRN, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 14:44 (one month ago) link

I'm not sure it's even that - it seems close to 'it may have been unintentional but only someone who doesn't care about their staff's wellbeing could have put themselves in a position to make that mistake in the first place', which idk.

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 15:31 (one month ago) link

Yeah. "I forgot to be careful" is only a hair from "I couldn't be bothered to be careful".

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 16:28 (one month ago) link

Not having a shirt on and having one's camera come on by accident is very different from what this guy did, y'all. He literally was on a call, naked. Either he doesn't give a shit or shouldn't have been on the call because he was in too much pain.

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 16:54 (one month ago) link

Wondering if there was any benefit to this meeting being a Zoom call instead of a conference call by phone. Dude could still have a job if he’d said that he had to be in the tub because of his medical condition and so maybe a call would be better, or else had kept the camera off for the call for the same reason.

too cool for zen talk (Eazy), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:40 (one month ago) link

Hmm x2

The article did not quote anyone else who had been present, and so there was little room for Shenk’s exposure to be interpreted as anything more than an unfortunate mistake. Staffers were incensed. “This article is all he needs to get himself another job where he can endanger people,” a colleague wrote to me. This was the first we were hearing about a bathtub, and several other details in the article seemed to be acting as convenient distractions; for instance, the “mesh shirt” Shenk was supposedly wearing had appeared on screen to be a normal-looking white t-shirt.

Mark E. Smith died this year. Or, maybe last year. (bernard snowy), Thursday, 6 May 2021 20:47 (one month ago) link

yeah I'm inclined to believe his employees' account, pretty fucked how many journalistic publications spiked the employee comments.

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:16 (one month ago) link

Skyhorse Publishing has picked up the Philip Roth biography. Check out their website to see the other fine, fine books they publish...

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 17 May 2021 21:08 (one month ago) link

I think I've got one of their Robert F Jones books. Since when did they become associated with Night Shade Books? I love Night Shade.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 17 May 2021 21:23 (one month ago) link

They publish all sorts of stuff, literally no filter

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 08:38 (one month ago) link

Skyhorse Publishing’s House of Horrors

Skyhorse Publishing, literary home to Michael Cohen, Woody Allen, and Alan Dershowitz, has struggled with bigger problems than a roster of political unsavories. Interviews suggest a history of workplace toxicity and inappropriate behavior.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 19:19 (one month ago) link

Wow shocking

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 19:45 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

have at it folks

imago, Thursday, 17 June 2021 10:27 (one week ago) link

the chimamanda essay is essential reading but this part just absolutely nails everything that is wrong with this generation

— jonathan nunn (@demarionunn) June 17, 2021

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 17 June 2021 10:30 (one week ago) link

way to make it personal, lol

imago, Thursday, 17 June 2021 10:59 (one week ago) link

i remember her comment about trans women from 2017 and thinking "well i'm just never going to read this person's work"; i am going to continue not reading her work

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 June 2021 12:40 (one week ago) link

calzino, Thursday, 17 June 2021 12:44 (one week ago) link

Screaming about kindness while denying groups their right to be and exist. Oh, and I love literature btw.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 17 June 2021 12:53 (one week ago) link

when the personal emails get published on the blogs is when you know the cluster is reaching its fuck horizon

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 17 June 2021 12:59 (one week ago) link

💁🏻‍♂️🦋 Is this time cube

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Thursday, 17 June 2021 14:40 (one week ago) link

I don't even think that thing rises to the level of a clusterfuck, it's just an author rehashing conventional wisdom about how the internet is bad and everybody is mean and nobody actually *thinks* anymore except your clear-eyed correspondent

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 17 June 2021 15:13 (one week ago) link

i cannot fucking imagine the level of solipsism one must have to think that "being afraid to tweet" is a legitimate concern in 2021

anyway Ben Shapiro retweeted it which i imagine if she has any shame, she must be thrilled about

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 17 June 2021 15:16 (one week ago) link

It doesn't appear that her "cancellation" really hurt considering that she has the clout to get a publisher to stop production of someone else's book to remove offending matter

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Thursday, 17 June 2021 15:34 (one week ago) link

"She didn't tolerate my intolerance! I won't tolerate her intolerance of my intolerance! Waaaaaaah"

wasdnuos (abanana), Thursday, 17 June 2021 16:21 (one week ago) link

There's a lot of puffed-up bullshit in that essay but "I don't think this person who kissed my ass when she wanted something, then talked shit about me when I said something she didn't like, should get to use my name in her PR materials like we're BFFs" is an unreasonable position.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 17 June 2021 16:40 (one week ago) link

That position isn't unreasonable at all, but the parts of the piece that the usual people are quote-tweeting as "SO BRAVE AND NECESSARY" are the puffed-up bullshit.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 18 June 2021 18:55 (one week ago) link

ass-kissing and two-facedness are not traits that are unique to kids today either

symsymsym, Friday, 18 June 2021 18:58 (one week ago) link

why in my day the kids kissed my ass with both their faces and never complained

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 18 June 2021 18:59 (one week ago) link

Having read more about the opinions she has expressed re trans people, I feel like she's more heart-in-the-right-place than, say, JK Rowling, but is never gonna be 100% acceptable to US/EU thought leaders on this issue, at least in part because she's the product of a much more conservative society. Any kind of feminism at all is pretty radical for Nigeria. So she's starting from a very different baseline than your average Twitter trans rights activist, and anyone attempting to hold her to/expecting her to meet contemporary Western standards of progressivism is gonna find themselves flying into a rage pretty fast.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 18 June 2021 20:11 (one week ago) link

Part of Nigeria's conservatism, too, comes from colonial processes, the lives and afterlives of which are still very much part of Nigerian society. It's pretty myopic and uncomprehending of historical processes for western activists to force these issues when it is their very societies that set such conservatism into place.

heyy nineteen, that's john belushi (the table is the table), Friday, 18 June 2021 20:34 (one week ago) link

she has Masters degrees from John Hopkins and Yale, stop acting like she's brand new

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Friday, 18 June 2021 23:33 (one week ago) link

Her degrees and their provenance don't seem entirely relevant to the points made by unperson and table.

What's It All About, Althea? (Aimless), Friday, 18 June 2021 23:41 (one week ago) link

yes they are, in so much as they show she's not new to Western culture, like the babe in the woods the two posts are making her out to be

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Friday, 18 June 2021 23:46 (one week ago) link

and yes, I'm aware that Western academia isn't the most progressive place either

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Friday, 18 June 2021 23:47 (one week ago) link

they show she's not new to Western culture

is western culture presumed to be so attractive or superior that one invariably must adopt it as soon as one is sufficiently exposed to it?

What's It All About, Althea? (Aimless), Saturday, 19 June 2021 00:43 (six days ago) link

These are good tweets imo has she written any others

Eschew things thirty two times before swallowing them (darraghmac), Saturday, 19 June 2021 01:11 (six days ago) link

I...would be careful about assuming Adichie is representing her beef with Akwaeke Emezi fairly/accurately, especially because at the beginning of their relationship there was definitely an asymmetry of power. Also, many trans people have engaged Adichie over the years pointing out where her takes on trans women not being women don’t match a reality she herself has no direct experience of. She has shown no inclination toward humility/trying to understand a different experience, and all the stuff about young people not feeling safe in tweeting their actual thoughts seems like a distraction. My impression is that she is v delighted with herself in a way that sometimes obstructs critical thought (honestly that can often be a charismatic quality!) I say this as someone who admires her way with words and some of her fiction. The extremely long blog post is a coded fuck you to Emezi and a doubling down on transphobia. I am out of patience with her.

horseshoe, Saturday, 19 June 2021 01:24 (six days ago) link

Also, I wish she would put this energy toward writing another novel, frankly; she’s a bit out of her depth taking on gender identity imo.

horseshoe, Saturday, 19 June 2021 01:26 (six days ago) link

In her looooong blog post she suggests Emezi has encouraged others to attack Adichie with machetes, for example. the actual Emezi tweet...reads a bit differently.

horseshoe, Saturday, 19 June 2021 01:36 (six days ago) link

Sorry, I think I screwed that link up. Anyway, it seems like evidence of Adichie positioning herself as a victim when in fact she’s quite powerful.

horseshoe, Saturday, 19 June 2021 01:39 (six days ago) link

also all the worst people on Twitter have praised her blog post: Shapiro, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Bari Weiss, Niall Ferguson. I think it’s sort of sad she’s become a tool of those particular culture warriors.

horseshoe, Saturday, 19 June 2021 01:40 (six days ago) link

Aimless: no, I never said that. I'm responding directly to the two posts that position her and her culture as ass-backwards and that these conversation(s) about gender are new to her

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Saturday, 19 June 2021 01:42 (six days ago) link

This Emezi tweet thread from 2020 is worth reading in its entirety; even if you’re inclined to be skeptical, it’s the other side of the story Adichie tells:

A reminder that several of your favorite cishet African women writers share similar opinions on trans people as She Who Must Not Be Named 🙃

— akwaeke emezi (@azemezi) November 12, 2020

horseshoe, Saturday, 19 June 2021 02:05 (six days ago) link

who are the war criminals adichie is aligned with?

flopson, Saturday, 19 June 2021 03:21 (six days ago) link

I mean, to be fair, we are talking about a woman who aligns with war criminals, so I suppose it all tracks. But also, even her transphobia is so much bigger than her. There's that reminder that Black cis women will continue to uplift her at the expense of trans people.

— akwaeke emezi (@azemezi) November 16, 2020

flopson, Saturday, 19 June 2021 03:22 (six days ago) link

two posts that position her and her culture as ass-backwards and that these conversation(s) about gender are new to her

oh, so that's what those posts I read were doing, as opposed to what I saw when I read them. it's funny how two people can read the same exact posts and one of them be so very wrong about what they meant.

What's It All About, Althea? (Aimless), Saturday, 19 June 2021 03:30 (six days ago) link

also all the worst people on Twitter have praised her blog post: Shapiro, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Bari Weiss, Niall Ferguson. I think it’s sort of sad she’s become a tool of those particular culture warriors.

― horseshoe, Saturday, 19 June 2021 bookmarkflaglink

Yeah I first came across it when the 2/3 liberals (also writers/artists) I am mutuals with retweeted it from a free speech angle. This innocent picture of someone attempting to 'learn' then 'struggling to comprehend'. Words about 'nuance' and 'complexity' follow (literature narrowly cast as a set of "messy stories"). Sometimes repeating a phrase that everyone else has said is totally fine.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 19 June 2021 10:51 (six days ago) link

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