On the Shelves of a Small-Town Bookstore

I have posted a new entry at Thornfield Hall Redux, “On the Shelves of a Small-Town Bookstore.” 

Here is the link:  https://thornfieldhallredux.blogspot.com/2021/08/on-shelves-of-small-town-bookstore.html 

Here is an excerpt:

“Oh, thank God!  They’re not censoring books here.”  

”Wasn’t this banned?” my friend Janet asked.

 “As good as,” I said.      

While browsing in a small-town bookstore, we were astonished to find Blake Bailey’s controversial biography of Philip Roth, which was withdrawn by its publisher, W. W. Norton, after Blake was accused of sexual harassment and abuse. Mind you, he was accused, but neither tried nor convicted. That is the way the system works nowadays.  Blake, whom Roth had chosen as his biographer, was fortunate to find a new publisher in Skyhorse.  In a statement about their acquisition of the book, Skyhorse quoted the Authors Guild….

The Eclectic Work of Joanna Russ: Feminist Science Fiction & Literary Criticism

Read my new post at Thornfield Hall Redux.

Joanna Russ (1937-2011), a literary critic and English professor at the University of Washington, is best known for her feminist science fiction novel, The Female Man (1975). I recently discovered her charming first novel, Picnic on Paradise (1968), included in the Library of America volume, American Science Fiction: Four Classics (1968-1969), and also write here about her book of literary criticism, How to Suppress Women’s Writing.

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