Tag: opinion

  • Pattern Matching: Lou Antonelli and the Sad Puppies

    One of the things I do is match patterns. I’ve noticed a troubling pattern when it comes to the Sad Puppies and I think it’s worth exploring in more detail. I apologize for the messiness of the timeline, I’ve tried to be as concise as possible. Lou Antonelli revealed during a podcast that he has sent […]

  • WisCon: The Frenkel Decision

    This past Friday, the subcommittee announced their decision about the harassment reported by Elise Matthesen and Lauren Jankowski.  Here’s the relevant part: WisCon will (provisionally) not allow Jim Frenkel to return for a period of four years (until after WisCon 42 in 2018). This is “provisional” because if Jim Frenkel chooses to present substantive, grounded evidence […]

  • Silence is Complicity

    Here be trigger warnings. And horror. I’ll talk about both–because this is one that the community cannot look away from. And by that, I mean they can’t look away from it anymore. First, some history, It was widely known–in some circles–that Marion Zimmer Bradley was complicit in the sexual abuse of children by her husband, […]

  • Dave Truesdale Explains It All

    Well, then. All of us shrill, divisive, ungrateful square peggers have, apparently, been lying and creating division because Dave Truesdale, a white man, has never once encountered a “smidgeon [sic] of racism or sexism at a convention, whether it be a local or regional con, a worldcon, a World Fantasy convention, a Campbell/Sturgeon awards banquet, […]

  • Gussied Up Criticism

    In my review of Hild yesterday, I disagreed with Michael Robbins’s review which appeared on the Chicago Tribune‘s website as well as in its Printers Row publication. Mine were, I felt, relatively mild criticisms–I felt his assessment of the book as “gussied up fantasy” was off-base and I did not agree that the level of […]