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The Guardian catches up to Marion Zimmer Bradley child abuse scandal, with questionable new comments
June 27, 2014 | 6:25 pm

mzbcolorThe Guardian has finally covered the Marion Zimmer Bradley child abuse story, already featured - and extensively discussed - in TeleRead. And although it brings new and helpful insights from many, including Bradley's own daughter (and victim) Moira Greyland, it also brings some not so welcome and rather suspect comment from other quarters. Some comments on TeleRead and elsewhere have already taken Greyland to task for not speaking out sooner, implying that her motives for such a long silence and for going public now are questionable. "Interesting her daughter waited until after her death almost as courageous as her mother not...

Marion Zimmer Bradley was a child abuser – says her own daughter
June 11, 2014 | 12:00 pm

Mists_of_Avalon-1st_edEvery so often, the question of a writer's life versus their work comes up - specifically, whether the value of the work mitigates, or even has any legitimate connection with, the wrongs they committed, endorsed, or sympathized with in their life. For instance, does Pablo Neruda's position as a poet of the people excuse his apologetics for Stalinism? Does The Faerie Queene excuse Edmund Spenser's plans to exterminate the Irish? Should William Burroughs have been jailed for shooting his wife? Conversely, should Ezra Pound's contribution to world literature have spared him incarceration for his collaborationist antics during World War 2?...

Sexism in Genre Publishing: The debate grinds on … and on
July 12, 2013 | 1:49 pm

sexismWriters can hardly have missed the recent spat at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America about sexist attitudes, statements, and behavior at that organization, and in the broader community of cosplay, fan conventions, and general genre buffs. Now, a female publishing professional has taken up the gauntlet. Writing in the Tor Books Blog from Tor UK, Julie Crisp, Tor UK editorial director (pictured at right), has addressed the issue 'Sexism in Genre Publishing: A Publisher's Perspective' in terms that have already provoked irritated counterpoints from some other genre fiction editors. "In the last few years I have seen numerous articles...

Philadelphia Weekly’s first e-book is a harrowing look at life after sexual abuse
November 22, 2012 | 9:52 am

Aside from the fact that the majority of them seem to be (sadly) going the way of the Dodo, alternative newsweeklies aren't exactly known for being publishers of e-books. The independently-owned Philadelphia Weekly, however, has just published its very first official e-book; it was collaborated and edited by PW senior editor Nina Hoffmann, and her husband, Joel Hoffmann. (Disclosure: TeleRead editor Dan Eldridge previously worked as a part-time copy editor and a contributing freelance writer for PW.) Titled The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse, the book is a collection of more than 50 personal essays written by...