Goodby Writer’s Digest. I’m sad, not mad….


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

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5 Responses to Goodby Writer’s Digest. I’m sad, not mad….

  1. john1994hero says:

    I expect many readers must have objected to this Draconian editorial. It seems that WD fired Mr. Moss, Deep State style, by use of a time machine. Sort of.

    Actually, no firing was mentioned. They have apparently “erased” the entire issue.

    The problematic column appeared in the February issue, Volume 99, No 2. That’s gone.

    The January issue, Volume 99, No 1 was up on their web page a few days ago. It said Tyler Moss had chosen to pursue other opportunities, and it named a new Editor-in-Chief, a woman. When I checked today, I could not find the issue or who was their current Editor-in-Chief.

    Who could make this stuff up? Maybe it never happened? Maybe he never existed?

    Do read the toxic column by Editor Moss I posted here. It’s a keeper as an editorial page. I suspect demons, aliens or perhaps even Hillary herself spawned it.

  2. john1994hero says:

    For the first time in its history, the American Psychological Association (APA) says traditional masculinity is “harmful”. “Traditional masculinity – marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression – is, on the whole, harmful.”

    This is why the west is collapsing.

    GREAT ARTICLE!!! Women need to read this too.

  3. john1994hero says:

    Just as LBJ killed off the Black family structure, so does the #DeepState work to destroy two-parent families, replacing fathers with welfare.

    See #Obama propaganda film, Life of Julia:

  4. john1994hero says:

    “Toxic Femininity: “When a woman hits someone, be it a child, or a husband getting a slap, she tells them, “I love you and want you to be a better self.”

    “Totally the truth. The absolute worst sexual harassment and bullying I have ever received has been from women. Also, women are usually the ones who come to blows first.” #ToxicFemininity

    “There is actually a large feminist discourse on #ToxicFemininity which is quite interesting.”

    SOME OF THE POSTS ON UNDER #ToxicFeminity on Twitter. These were all posted by women.

    Men are, of course, more critical. It seems the gangs of angry women in pink pussy hats are fading from acceptability as a political tactic.

  5. john1994hero says:


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