Canadian litmag editor quits over cultural appropriation charges

From Sebastian Leck at National Post:

The editor of the Writers’ Union of Canada’s magazine has resigned after complaints over an article he wrote in which he said he doesn’t believe in cultural appropriation.

Hal Niedzviecki, editor of Write — a publication for the union’s members — published an opinion piece in the spring 2017 issue titled “Writer’s Prompt.” In the article, in an issue dedicated to indigenous writing, Niedzviecki wrote: “In my opinion, anyone, anywhere, should be encouraged to imagine other peoples, other cultures, other identities. More.

Reality check: Actually, that’s what literature is, usually: Telling other people’s stories rather than talking about oneself.

But one senses that we are not talking about literature, but rather government-funded culture projects that could be job creation in the arts, entitlement, or shakedown.

“We offer the magazine itself as a space to examine the pain this article has caused, and to take this conversation forward with honesty and respect,” the statement concluded.

Shakedown vs. Shakespeare.

Niedzviecki’s point is, in part, that we can’t have literature until we get past that.

See also: As traditional print media seek government funding to survive, demands arise for “diversity” .gain, irrespective of what they do. Whether the copy is written by humans, diverse or non-diverse, by algorithms, or by smart crows, the medium is as dead as the trees it kills.

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