Fisking the NYT: It isn’t just me. My whole religion can’t be *real* writers!

Don’t worry, it’s not just Mormons. It’s anyone who doesn’t check the right boxes, as Larry noted. Don’t qualify as a ‘victimized’ member of the underclass who can write White Guilt schlep or fake a biography (Roots I’m looking at you! http://www.amren.com/news/2012/03/alex-haleys-fraudulent-roots/) or even better, an autobiography (Yes, Mister President, I just got YOU in this discussion too), then you aren’t a ‘real’ writer.

Pardon me for saying so, but I’d take a pile of money and fans waiting for my next book over a lifetime of living off a grant and an EBT card. Besides, when it comes right down to it, I write what I like to read. Not pretentious drivel that puts audiences to sleep.

And I LOVE how the Left can always identify the plurality that disagrees with them as “extreme” or “niche.” While they themselves are ‘the majority.’ Never mind if you go into any bookstore, you’ll find “Literary Fiction” jammed between cookbooks and references, and people STILL walk around it!

Monster Hunter Nation

Several people sent me this article on Facebook yesterday. I supposed I kept getting tagged because everybody knows I’m Mormon and my writing has such a “sunny outlook”.  Then I saw a few other Mormon authors making fun of this on Twitter.

At first I just laughed at the article because it is the usual pretentious New York Times piece written by somebody remarkably clueless about the subject (and as a gun rights activist I’m fairly used to that), but the more I thought about this article, the more it pissed me off. It just hit too many of my pet peeve buttons: “you’re not a *real* writer”, academic self-righteous posturing, and cultural/religious ignorance based on stereotypes masquerading as unbiased reporting.

The original article is here.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/09/us/mormons-offer-cautionary-lesson-on-sunny-outlook-vs-literary-greatness.html?_r=1&

As usual the original article is in italics and my additional comments are in bold.

Note. I don’t normally post about my religious…

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