He’s just bad! I didn’t read him in school, but afterward. I had a book by him about Shakespeare that was very interesting (but now that I look back on it — right in there with his self-centered, pompous ass nature). My first intro to how bad he was consisted of his criticism of J.K. Rowling as a “bad writer” and he gave a specific example. His reason for saying she was a bad writer because she repeated a specific phrase, “he stretched his legs” instead of writing “took a walk.” I got a text copy of the first Harry Potter book and searched it for that term. It turned out that the phrase was only used once, in the first 3 pages. So he hadn’t even read the book; he just said that.

This is a link to his famous Alice Walker trashing Paris Review interview. It’s from the 90s. He brags about being a named chair at both Harvard & Yale. I’m pretty sure he never even read “The Color Purple.”

I forgot: I defined him — he’s a tool.

The Color Purple is an amazing book because it tells Celie’s story in her own words and to my knowledge, it’s the first big, bestselling book to tell a story about someone like Celie and her genuine courage. That book was published in 1982, around the end of the time publishers were “taking chances” and a book like it could become a bestseller.

The list now? Would be very embarrassing in the 70s or the 80s. Now, it’s all James Patterson, Bill O’Reilly, Danielle Steele.

According to Harlan Ellison and my grandmother, “You’ll go far Amy, because you have heart.” Author of 40 books, former exec., Nebula Award nominee, Poor.

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