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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  • richard

    Why do “writers” need a union, they’re writers, can they not speak for themselves?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Writing should not be done for a living.
      Feed yourself with a day job and then write.

      • dukestreet

        Why not? Most writers actually do have other jobs,but, if their writing is good enough to sell enough to support them there is no reason why they shouldn’t do it for a living any more than any others use their talents to have an income.

  • SDMatt

    I love it! The Left eating the Left with their own imagined “micro” and “macro” aggressions! More please!!

    • Ed

      It’s becoming a daily thing now. “Official Organs” of liberalism, like the NYT are all concerned. They’re no longer in control.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        It’s fun watching them shrivel up.

  • Jay Currie

    And now cultural panty waist Jonathan Kay has resigned as Editor in Chief of The Walrus for daring to support Niedzveicki…Read all about it at my place: https://jaycurrie.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/scalps/

    • David Murrell

      Another case of the left eating their own. I’m not going to lose sleep over it.

      • Will Quest

        Throw in a bottle of Chipotle sauce whenever a gang of SJWs party and they’ll eat each raw …….

        • Bless his heart

          But that’s just a Bill Nye ice cream cone party going on.

  • Bless his heart

    No matter, All that the ‘approved’ produce now is male bovine excrement.