AND THUS IT WAS, IN THE AGE OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, THAT I DROPPED WRITER’S DIGEST.
Please share widely, especially to other authors.
Dear Editor Moss:
I prefer to specify my own feelings rather than to have you assume, as you chose to do for the female long-time subscriber. She was “resigned, not angry,” you said, about the intrusion of politics into “even an innocuous magazine about writing.” That’s unlikely. I don’t consider WD harmless, why should she?
You canceled a WD interview simply because of your personal #MeToo editorial viewpoint? Without any evidence or justification? Wow. Not harmless, not innocuous. Dangerous and certainly not in accord with “innocent until proven guilty,” the core precept of our Western Civilization for centuries. I attribute your aggressive editorial positions as Political Correctness, ideology, not politics.
I suggest that most women – those who have sons, fathers, brothers, and even spouses – might deem your views as, ah, excessive…. The fact that social media (now notorious for censorship – see the Google memo) supports your PC viewpoint makes it worse, not better. Social media wants people to look different, but to think alike. Orwell would understand the danger of that. You obviously do not.
Your notion of “leveling the playing field” for the public good suggests you should re-read Ayn Rand, or perhaps ponder why free speech was made the first amendment. Once writers, authors, are constrained to not write what we choose, it all becomes pointless. If we are subject to self-appointed thought police, why bother?
I think publishing may be infected by “Hollywood think,” a cluster of insulated elites in decline who should perhaps have two-day events, one for Awards and one for their Political Convention. They drove out Clint Eastwood whose movies outsold everything else put together, but failed to win awards. And, as a novelist (yes, a white male – perish the thought), I would never ask you if it was OK for my novels to have a diverse cast. My casts are diverse and about half my readers are female. US Review of Books said that the lead characters in my Raven’s series “form one of the most interesting romantic pairings in the thriller genre.” I reject your “new normal,” Sir.
I will not be renewing my subscription.
John D. Trudel, Novelist