It’s a lovely libertarian-sounding sentiment:
Amazon wants to do away with gatekeepers. It promises a world where books are cheap, where anyone can publish anything, where there are no editors or distributors saying this is not what is selling now, go away.
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There’s no way to say what I want to say without causing some offense.
The problem is this: Women are indeed at considerable risk of assault, often by “intimate partners,” especially in the United States. And so, in the wake of a mass shooting, conducted by a shooter who complained that women wouldn’t date him, there has been an outcry by women who feel they’re being blamed for misogyny, expressed as rape, expressed as assault, expressed as killing, and, women say, expressed in complaints about “friend-zoning”. Read more →
I won’t say much regarding the controversial firing of Jill Abramson from the New York Times. There appears to be a prima facie case of sexism, whether on how much Abramson was paid or in a claim that she was “pushy,” against the Times’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., which he has utterly failed to refute, and his abysmal handling of the matter raises severe questions as to whether he should continue to run the paper. The problem here seems to be that Abramson—notice that the blame falls on her—did not get along with the family that owns the paper, meaning that at the very least, Sulzberger could not tolerate an editor whom Nate Silver has been quoted claiming “did a hell of a lot more good for the New York Times than the upper management there,” who oversaw a news operation that brought in eight Pulitzer awards during her rather short tenure. Read more →
May 17, 2014: This entry has been corrected since it was first published. I misremembered my grandmother’s language for Black people. She in fact referred to Blacks as ‘Colored’ rather than as ‘Negroes’.
It was not, I have to admit, one of my more shining moments.
A friend, whom I’ve known for over ten years, posted a mournful note on Facebook. It seems he’s going through a contested divorce, and his wife was testifying about all the horrible things he’d done, when all he had were countless memories of good times. Read more →