I know that most probably aren’t ACTUALLY interested and I’m looking forward to the clever titles to follow to be sure. BUT they’re all fantastic reads! Azkaban is one of my favorites but I do live them all! Order of the Phoenix is the hardest read because Umbridge is a disgusting human but still great literature. Yes…I’m a silly nerdy Potterhead.
Plenty of cogent and well written responses were published to her essay immediately after she pushed it out to the public.
Re thinking etc and
Not at the same level
She’s not, and had never been, any sort of theorist; she has publicly admitted this herself, in the distant past.
I wish she had been more careful about her thinking and arguments re this issue before she decided to step into it. She wasn’t.
Since she is a global figure who was so widely seen as a universal champion for all the bullied and neglected kids and grownup kids of the world, the response to her essay is not surprising.
However, on another implied topic:
the innate and automatic assumption (within each of us) of our own “personal intellectually superiority” is likely a built-in erroneous human brain function, and is a lifelong problem for every person.
As is the assumption that each of us understands reality (which is so often just a current prevailing social and personal construct)
As is the assumption that each of us understands logic
(Which is always problematic on complex social issues; and is even often problematic re tightly defined and rigorous mathematical issues)
This ongoing likelihood of unnoticed (possibly v large) error/bias is constant, and is a potential trip-up for everyone.
We can all be fools; and we can all make fools of ourselves.
@f00l I decided long ago that I would try to evaluate books/music/art/architecture/whatever on their own merits separate from any assholery of the authors. A good thing or I would be missing about 2/3rds of my library. I don’t think it’s because authors are worse than other professions, but rather that a writer, given a platform and a few million adoring followers, will write stuff. And more stuff, and more stuff. And since they usually don’t have editors for non-book stuff, it goes out unfiltered and unadorned. It really gives me an appreciation for their book editors.
Given that I know so little of their lives, for all I know (nothing, mostly) Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Douglas Adams, Tolkien, John Le Carre, Hilary Mantel, Neil Gaiman, and a host of other excellent writers might be, or might have been, compleat assholes.
I’m happy, so far, to read and love their works.
When might I start boycotting someone creative? I suppose there is a line.
For starters, are they monsters? Or are they apparently obvious liars/hypocrites about their lives and the relation their life choices have to their works?
I admit to very little interest any longer, in seeing a Woody Allen film.
I made that choice not when Allen’s/Farrow’s daughter Dylan Farrow’s accusations went public; but rather, prior to that, when it became public news that Allen, who had a then-current and long-standing and intimate relationship with Mia Farrow (and had children with her),
was also having a simultaneous covert sexual relationship with Soon Yi Previn, an older, but still possibly still minor, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Andre Previn. (there was then uncertainty about the actual date and year of Soon Yi’s birth)
That event crossed my boundary.
I suppose there are other creatives whose conduct might disturb me to that degree. I don’t campaign about it tho.
Within my little list of a few among the many writers I like, there are a whole buncha Brits. Didn’t noticed until now.
I like stateside writers also.
Between notes, he had contemplated means of destroying Myrna Minkoff. His most promising scheme had involved getting a book on munitions from the library, constructing a bomb, and mailing it in plain paper to Myrna. Then he remembered that his library card had been revoked.
This is the book that never ends
its verse goes on and on my friends
Some people started reading it, not knowing what it was.
And, they’ll continue reading it forever, just because
This is the book that never ends…
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