Social media creates a warped marketplace within which people and products are mis-judged: those who are quick and cruel get disproportionate influence. Here's 's analysis of the young adult literature market and its "cancel culture"
This week, one of the captains of cancel culture got cancelled himself. Maybe it's because the mob-ordered rules for writing Young Adult fiction are untenable. My column
Great piece by on second instance in five weeks, of canceling a book publication because of advance reaction of Twitter mobs re insensitivity: . How long will this practice stay confined YA fiction?
"Purity tests are the tools of fanatics, and the quest for purity ultimately becomes indistinguishable from the quest for power." Brilliant, from
An important and beautifully observed column by
The problem with demanding that novelists stay within their own zone of experience is that it's dull—and violates their every instinct. From my column:
"Purity tests are the tools of fanatics, and the quest for purity ultimately becomes indistinguishable from the quest for power."
“Purity tests are the tools of fanatics, and the quest for purity ultimately becomes indistinguishable from the quest for power.” -
Late last month, a young man named Kosoko Jackson became the second young adult author in five weeks to pull a debut work in response to a Twitter mob. Regardless of how good a novel it was, that's frightening, writes Jennifer Senior.
Reading and writing can and should open minds, not close them.
Really good column on the latest YA self-immolation by
It's always nice to see the mainstream media finally focus some of their attention on a problem that others have been raising the alarm about for years: The growing trend of social justice purity checks affecting the arts.
Never woke enough. “Jackson, worked as a ‘sensitivity reader’ for publishing houses, which meant he flagged the sort of problem content for which he was now being run out of town. He was Robespierre with his own neck in the cradle of the guillotine.”
Sad to see the opinion page of the New York Times run an argument that I was told (after I made it) is white supremacist
Especially well-put observation from 's NYT column on YA Twitter mobs: "Purity tests are the tools of fanatics, and the quest for purity ultimately becomes indistinguishable from the quest for power."
"Teen Fiction and the Perils of Cancel Culture"
"Purity tests are the tools of fanatics, and the quest for purity ultimately becomes indistinguishable from the quest for power."
With the pre-publication cancellation of a second book in less than two months due to Twitter mob anger over its contents - this one by a black, gay author - the hellish authoritarian drama of Young Fiction Twitter makes the NYT in this column
“What happened to Jackson is frightening. Purity tests are the tools of fanatics, and the quest for purity ultimately becomes indistinguishable from the quest for power.” Read ⁦⁩ on the YA wars right now
"Cancel culture." Something else that makes it feel as though we're living in the worst timeline. Read this by and weep.
This is a perfect detail: the latest author of color to self-cancel a YA book after a vicious digital pile-on “worked as a ‘sensitivity reader’ for major publishing houses.”
NYT not mincing words on this one.
If writers could only write about ppl of their same sex, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, life circumstances, etc. most of the great novels would never have been written.
‘He was Robespierre with his own neck in the guillotine.’ Opinion | Teen Fiction and the Perils of Cancel Culture - The New York Times
Teen Fiction and the Perils of Cancel Culture
"In the Twitterverse, ideologues have far more power than moderates."
Opinion | Teen Fiction and the Perils of Cancel Culture
This is a problem, and not just in YA fiction. "Purity tests are the tools of fanatics" Opinion | Teen Fiction and the Perils of Cancel Culture
oops i was just going to write this column. perhaps i'll think of something else! damn and bless you, (plus she read the book). like i've been saying, we've got to start circulating illicit ya lit in samizdat.
“Purity tests are the tools of fanatics, and the quest for purity ultimately becomes indistinguishable from the quest for power.”
"Purity tests are the tools of fanatics, and the quest for purity ultimately becomes indistinguishable from the quest for power. " Fiction and the Perils of Cancel Culture
Time was, bad books failed the normal way: artistically and commercially.
good piece on YA & callout culture. but I disagree that purity tests lead to power hunger. it's other way around. that's why the biggest fanatics are obscure figures looking for a quick career fix, such as unpublished CanLitters & poets manqué
Interesting take on "Twitter's asymmetrical power" and on letting things fail or succeed on "the marketplace of ideas". Good Saturday AM read for those of us who get news from Twitter. Teen Fiction and the Perils of Cancel Culture