Culture Warriors can not be allowed to silence writers

a good article in “The Times”, entitled “Culture Warriors can not be allowed to silence writers”, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/culture-warriors-cannot-be-allowed-to-silence-writers-znz2tg0qq.

The article describes how the author of “American Dirt”, Jeanine Cummins, had her book tour cancelled following accusations of “cultural appropriation” by some writers on social media.

I have a friend who was (perhaps still is) thinking of publishing a novel about AIDS/HIV and the gay community. However he is not himself gay and concerns about how his work will be received may, I fear lead to his book not seeing the light of day.

Unfortunately “The Times” is behind a paywall and anyone wishing to read articles must be a subscriber. You can, however set up a free subscription, and provided you cancel within the period stipulated on the newspaper’s website, your card and/or bank account will not be charged.

4 thoughts on “Culture Warriors can not be allowed to silence writers

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      You are welcome for the share, Gabriela. I agree with you, its chilling. My position is (and always has been) that if you don’t like a book, then don’t read it. Or if, for whatever reason you do read it then, by all means express your disapproval, but don’t call for the work to be banned or launch into personal attacks on the author. Everyone has a right to write whatever they like. Best, Kevin

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      1. short-prose-fiction

        I agree Kevin. I am afraid we are going back rather than forward and this incident like many others is a sign of the times. Perhaps I am wrong. I hope I am.
        Have a great weekend 🤗

    2. K Morris Poet Post author

      I fear you may be right Gabriela. In the past it was the state (and still is in some countries) which was feared by writers. However in the democracies the power of the mob (expressed through social media and other channels) is, in some ways equally pernicious as regards individual liberty. I think more people should read Mill’s great essay “On Liberty”, which is a wonderful defence of the individual against both the state and the tyranny of the majority. You also, have a lovely weekend. All the very best, Kevin

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