Yesterday I linked briefly to YA writer Kathleen Hale’s Guardian tab. I didn’t really dig into it much but there was SO! MUCH! MORE! It turns out, Hale has kind of a history of making her own regrettable choices into fodder for her #personalbrand, including the time 14-year-old Hale poured hydrogen peroxide on a girl who had accused her mother of molestation two years earlier, and the time she tattooed a soon-to-be-ex friend’s name on her head. In response, the bookternet tapped into the National Strategic Dudgeon Reserve for blog posts and open letters featuring words only used by vaudevillians and angry book bloggers, such as “scurrilous” and “quell.”
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Of course, the Takes were Hot. In The Bustle, Caitlin White suggests a sort of Camp David summit for book bloggers: “Perhaps we need a safe, regulated online space where authors and bloggers can speak without feeling threatened, supported by a neutral mediator.” We’ll get Jimmy Carter right on that, as soon as we decide on the shape of the table. Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan sympathizes with Hale but not quite enough. Michelle Dean situates Hale in the pantheon of other bratty authors, like Hemingway and Richard Ford. And Miles Klee joins Team Nobody, ultimately pointing out that “Whatever the damage, both emerge better-known—more liable to be heard, as Hale describes their mutual desire—with a new posse of fans in their corner.” Haley Mlotek weighs in on Kathleen Hale’s side, in defense of everyone’s right to tell their own story, even when it is unsavory or makes them look bad. Even when it legitimately is bad.
My Take: if Hale had been a man with a camera crew when she went to the reviewer’s house, instead of a woman alone, she’d have gotten a TV show. And if her actions made the internet feel a little less safe for anonymous assholes, I’m pretty ok with that too.
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Hamilton Trollan’ accuses stubble groomers of having “low moral character,” asserts that they will never “sweep the bosses and their lackeys clean from this ‘burg,” then throws his hat in the ring for Governor.
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I told Bijan that he wasn’t allowed to refer to himself at all today, and he was like
so let’s see how he did!
Yeah, he barely managed to get this to me at all. I think we need to work on this further.
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Today’s Song: The Act of Estimating as Worthless, “Bones“