Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fan fiction discussion on NPR

I participated in today's Colin McEnroe Show along with BethBethBeth, femmequixotic, and Lev Grossman. I had to leave early, but what I heard was good. (Doing that list alphabetically, but unfortunately doing that also makes a point about the authority usually granted to people who speak about subcultures (especially when they're white men) compared to the authority usually granted to those who populate those subcultures (especially when they're not white men). Don't get me wrong, Grossman's piece was well-written and he made a substantial and sincere investment in understanding his subject. But the cultural dynamics are such that he gets to be the expert.)

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