Linkspam, 10/26/12 Edition

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice. And I give absolutely no fucks.

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October 26, 2012

What do you want me to do?  LEAVE?  Then they'll keep being wrong!

xkcd: Duty Calls

I’m grouping these all together since these are–more or less–discussing the same thing: reviewers, the purpose of reviews, and outing.

Readers should be trusted to conduct conversations about books on their own terms, because interpretation is inextricable from the act of reading, and it’s where all of our reactions – pleasurable and otherwise – are formed.

  • Book Reviews–More Evil than Good? It is not possible to list all the ways in which Lichen Craig is wrong. He is especially wrong in his central thesis that someone writing a book review must have some sort of credential as well as keep their personal opinion out it. I am not sure how one becomes a credentialed book reviewer (I am pretty sure that despite my over 500 reviews published in an honest-to-God real magazine that I don’t count) and I’m not sure how one can recommend or disrecommend a book without having an opinion on it.
  • My Only Enemy Here’s Cassie Alexander’s perspective on this issue and she makes a great point about how new authors have generally spent a lot of time in crit groups and engaged with people about their writing in a more direct way than is appropriate with readers.
  • Even Heinous Arsewipes Have Rights I admit: I am struggling with this. Really, really, really struggling.

A couple of additions, courtesy of the inimitable Fran Wilde, on the subject of disappearing Amazon reviews–possibly a combination of bot and algorithm because, you know, why pay people to review this stuff when you can just write a computer program to take care of it?

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