Whose life is it anyway? Novelists have their say on cultural appropriation

Jonathan Franzen claimed he won’t write about race because of limited ‘firsthand experience’, while Lionel Shriver hopes objection to ‘cultural appropriation is a passing fad’. So should there be boundaries on what a novelist can write about? The Guardian asked Hari Kunzru, Kamila Shamsie, Aminatta Forna, AL Kennedy, Philip Hensher and others give their point…Read more Whose life is it anyway? Novelists have their say on cultural appropriation

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Who Gets to Write What? – NY Times

By KAITLYN GREENIDGE September 24, 2016 When I was in graduate school, I remember a fellow writer bringing to a workshop a lynching scene. The writer was not black. He was, in fact, a Chinese-American man named Bill Cheng, who would go on to write a novel of the blues called “Southern Cross the Dog.” In class…Read more Who Gets to Write What? – NY Times

We need to talk about Lionel

Lionel Shriver’s Address on Cultural Appropriation Roils a Writers Festival By ROD NORDLANDSEPT. 12, 2016 The author Lionel Shriver caused a stir at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Credit Gary Doak/Writer Pictures, via Associated Press BRISBANE, Australia — Officials in charge of an Australian writers festival were so upset with the address by their keynote speaker,…Read more We need to talk about Lionel

Cat, Pigeons, which is which?

When We Have to Talk About Kevin author, Lionel Shriver addressed the Brisbane Writers' Festival last week, she was under no illusion about the importance or potential impact of what she would say. So she came out with all guns blazing. Australian writer, Yasmin Abdel-Magied took exception to her speech and walked out. Her reaction…Read more Cat, Pigeons, which is which?

Away with the fairies

Justin Bieber has dreadlocks. Away with them, string him up, cast him out. And while you're at it, leave our leprechauns alone. I'm fed up of people claiming to be Irish, dressing up in green clothes and drinking green beer so they can say 'top o'the mornin' to ye' and get drunk on St Patrick's day.