What’s wrong with this picture?
So the quotes I blogged earlier come from Colson Whitehead’s hilarious “how to write” column in this week’s New York Times Book Review.
For some slightly less hilarious/more sobering context, the above cover photo, two of my previous pieces on the NYTBR’s little gender problem and below that, a piece on the plagiarism scandal du jour that relates.
Hard Times | Bitch Media At the New York Times Book Review, all the misogyny is fit to print. Hard Times. Article by Sarah Seltzer, appeared in issue Wired; published in …
Jonah Lehrer is part of a system that allows magazines, year after to year to publish men, and white men in particular, significantly more than women or people of color. He is part of a system where the 2012 National Magazine Awards have no women nominees in several key categories. He is part of a system where white editors belabor the delusion that there simply are few women or writers of color who are good enough for their magazines because said editors are too narrow in what they want, what they read, what they think, or just too lazy to work beyond their Rolodex of writers who look and think just like them. He is part of a system that requires an organization like VIDA to do an annual count
that reveals a disheartening, ongoing and pervasive practice of a certain kind of writer predominantly gaining entrance to the upper echelons of publishing. He is part of a system that exhausts itself denying these problems exist or that these problems matter.