The “Reading Only X Writers for a Year” Challenge…

…or Just When You Thought the Stooopid Couldn’t Burn Any Worse Than it Already Does.

I wasn’t going to post anything after today’s Trigger Warning.  I’ve got three reviews to write, plus a ton of reading to get caught up on, not to mention the second set of exams that I haven’t started grading.  So what did I do tonight?

finger-shaking-scoldI got sidetracked by a number of things, with the highlight being the latest fisking (read it, it’s brilliant) by Larry Correia of K. Tempest Bradford’s challenge to only read approved writers for a year.  Approved being defined as what she thinks you should read, of course.

Or rather in this case, what she thinks you shouldn’t.  That would be books by straight, white, cisgendered males.  Finger lady there doesn’t think you should read books by authors who fall into this demographic.  Because badthink or something.  You’ll notice that the book she’s holding up is by Neil Gaiman, while the T-shirt she’s wearing is Dr. Who, some episodes of which were written by Neil Gaiman.  (What is it with these people and Gaiman lately, anyway?)

Bite my ass, lady.  Who are you to tell me what to read or not read?  I’ll read what I damn well like and make no apologies to anyone.  Certainly not to the likes of you.

Here’s my challenge.  It’s twofold.  First, I’m challenging myself to read interesting, exciting, entertaining books by writers who gender, race, religion, etc., I don’t give a rat’s red ass about.  Second, I’m going to challenge myself not to read any books by outspoken SJWs who want to indoctrinate me in goodthink more than they want to entertain me.  That would include authors like…what was her name again?…the finger lady up there.

And don’t raise your scolding finger to me, Bradford.  I might raise my middle ones in response.

7 thoughts on “The “Reading Only X Writers for a Year” Challenge…

  1. Paul McNamee

    Pffft. Yeah, I’ll get right on that.

    I think it’s funny Neil Gaiman, of all people, is getting this heat. My understanding is that his is a rather liberal guy (straight white guy) and he’s married to Amanda Palmer, who I would classify as rather feminist.

    Talk about throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

    1. Keith West Post author

      Yeah, from what I know about them, Gaiman and Palmer are both pretty liberal. Of course, Gaiman stood up for his friend, the one who was disinvited to MC the Hugos last year and a certain SJW darling had a meltdown on Twitter over something the guy might say in his remarks. I’m sure that didn’t go over well since he broke ideological ranks.

      I’m just sick of these sanctimonious, self-righteous, and self-appointed people telling me what I should and shouldn’t read/think/like etc. The comments on Correia’s post, BTW, are hilarious.

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