Sunday, April 27th, 2008 • No Comments on Debatable Books
There are a couple of interesting conversations related to books going on in the blogosphere today. (I can’t write that not-really-a-word word without giggling.)
Accusations of racism are being directed at publisher Seal Press in connection with Amanda Marcotte’s It’s a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments. Rachel Kramer Bussel, responding to a comment left on Seal Press’s blog, shares her thoughts in White People and Racism.
In response to the interview Literary Fiction Gets Kinky with Melanie Abrams (author of Playing), Alison Tyler adds to the ongoing debate of literary writing vs. erotica writing (not to mention the ridiculous notion that a writer of bondage fiction should “look” a certain way) in Defensive “Sex Writer” Responds.
I haven’t read either book (and likely won’t get a chance to read the first edition of Marcotte’s book with the controversial illustrations), but I think the discussions surrounding them are important to all writers. It’s not just about the words on the page, it’s about how the writer’s (and publisher’s) intent will be measured and interpreted by the world at large.