Skip to comments.Writers, of all people, are now censors
Posted on 01/20/2021 10:29:03 AM PST by Beave Meister
It had to happen.
People who call themselves WRITERS are signing a letter pressuring publishers to ban Trump, and anyone who has worked for him:
Do not publish a Trump memoir. Stay away from him.
The letter was penned by Barry Lyga. Who?
LA Times, January 15 : “More than 250 authors, editors, agents, professors and others in the American literary community signed an open letter this week opposing any publisher that signs book deals with President Donald Trump or members of his administration.”
“Former DC Comics president Paul Levitz, journalist Sarah Weinman and ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ author Celeste Ng are among signatories to the letter, written by novelist Barry Lyga and titled ‘No Book Deals for Traitors’.”
“’We all love book publishing, but we have to be honest — our country is where it is in part because publishing has chased the money and notoriety of some pretty sketchy people, and has granted those same people both the imprimatur of respectability and a lot of money through sweetheart book deals,’ the letter read. ‘We affirm that participation in the administration of Donald Trump must be considered a uniquely mitigating criterion for publishing houses when considering book deals’.”
“’Consequently, we believe: No participant in an administration that caged children, performed involuntary surgeries on captive women, and scoffed at science as millions were infected with a deadly virus should be enriched by the almost rote largesse of a big book deal. And no one who incited, suborned, instigated, or otherwise supported the January 6, 2021 coup attempt should have their philosophies remunerated and disseminated through our beloved publishing houses’.”
(Excerpt) Read more at alethonews.com ...
Why would I trust or want to read anything published by any house that would sign-on to something like this?
People who sign such things identify themselves as members of the Soviet Writer’s Guild. They are not worth reading.
Oy! Such a surprise!
At some point, the entire “intelligentsia” has got to go.
Ok, so what about the administration with a DOJ that failed to prosecute the largest theft of all time under the caption of “too big to fail”, presided over the largest increase of actual for realsies slavery under a disastrous foreign policy that destabilized the Middle East while assassinating the leader of an African country, Libya? How about the administration that put in place the rules that caused doctors to give out opioids like candy, and then let case after case get squelched without lifting a finger to address the problem, literally looking the other way in West Virginia? But oh wait, they did and do get book deals. Why is that? I mean, if this is supposed to be about virtue and all rather than snobbery?
Modern day Nazi book burners....
I’ve noticed for some time the rise of crazy fringe people getting all kinds of book deals while publishing, and the arts becoming ever more dreary and propagandistic. What I would like to see is art and craft rather than political slant and identity as relevant criteria for publishing once more. Publishing’s house has been on fire for a while, thanks in large part to Amazon. If they insist on publishing divisive fringe crap because it sells and helps keep the bills paid, it seems a little inconsistent that they are getting all holy and righteous now. They have done their deal with the devil, and they publish swill.
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