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11:23 am:  I guess my informal New Year's resolution is to try to stand up for causes I agree with, as least so far as a person can with limited income and a spouse who can't leave the house most days.

I'm among those irritated by Simon and Schuster giving a book-deal to arch-troll Milo Yiannopoulos, and [community profile] thisfinecrew  makes the case that the best way to get a publisher's attention is snail-mail.

Simon & Schuster is already pitching the deal as a blow for freedom of speech, and in any case I often find myself loathe to base an argument on political opinion or even ethics, as the other person may not share mine or even have any. Instead I've decided to try the suggestion that giving a large advance to someone whose previous published work is full of plagiarized lines might not have been the wisest move, and that at the very least the editors are going to have to earn every penny of their paycheques. My printer isn't working, so I hand-wrote it, but that will probably add an extra bit of passive-aggression to the missive. 

To to be mailed out tomorrow when the post offices open, I guess.


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From:sovay
Date:January 2nd, 2017 03:10 am (UTC)
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I'm among those irritated by Simon and Schuster giving a book-deal to arch-troll Milo Yiannopoulos, and thisfinecrew makes the case that the best way to get a publisher's attention is snail-mail.

I've seen that argument, along with the idea that boycotting Simon & Schuster will only hurt any number of undeserving, non-Yiannopoulos authors. I'll get my letter-writing out.

Simon & Schuster is already pitching the deal as a blow for freedom of speech

Oh, please.
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From:heliopausa
Date:January 2nd, 2017 07:36 am (UTC)
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"a blow for freedom of speech" is a pretty flimsy cover for a cynical attempt to cash in on a destructive self-publicist. :(
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