Monthly Archives: January 2009

In the matter of AppropriationGate, RaceFail 09 or the Cultural Appropriation Debate of DOOM Part 2

Jane Carnell has said sensibly and helpfully that this is generating more heat than light and that it is sensible to walk away from it. I feel that it has become a discussion devoted to making some people feel good … Continue reading

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Various people, like zvi and copracat are now telling mehere that I have no right to describe what my own feelings and triggers are, that my reaction to the accusation of racism is the reaction of any white person to … Continue reading

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Some further thoughts on unpleasantness, pain and so on.

It would be far easier for me simply to keep my mouth shut because I am far from sure that anything I say is going to reduce anyone’s hurt and I am far from sure that I am getting things … Continue reading

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HOLY CRAP (In a good way)

Neil just won the Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book. Huzza!

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PIMPAGE

My contribution to the Guardian 1000 books thing is here. As possibly needs making clear, the Graun approached me with three titles they wanted me to cover – Woolf, Carter,leGuin – and let me pick my fourth from quite a … Continue reading

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A couple of catchups

Andrew Sullivan has some useful links on Bishop Williamson here. Sometimes I almost suspect that one day Sullivan will actually catch a clue and stop regarding himself as a Catholic and a conservative, because they will never love him no … Continue reading

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I really did want to sit this one out…

OK, because people have a right to know, this is why I am always sceptical about the assumption that no-one from a minority ever critiques someone from a hegemonic group illegitimately and without good cause. Back in the 1980s, during … Continue reading

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