sleepy week last July, months before Lionel Shriver strode onstage in Brisbane
with her sombrero and her fury about cultural appropriation, Slate published a striking interview with
Jonathan Franzen, who spoke
with surprising candor—as far as I know, for the first time—about why he
doesn’t write about African American
characters. “I have thought about it,” Franzen said,
don’t have very many black friends.
When the novelist Lionel Shriver delivered her now-notorious speech about cultural appropriation at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival last month, it wasn’t clear whether she was wrestling with a real intellectual menace or a straw man....
No matter your opinion on cultural appropriation, you can be certain that many people think you are wrong. The novelist Lionel Shriver thinks that fear of it threatens to extinguish literature, and, last Thursday, at the Brisbane Bo...
There was a backlash at an event in Brisbane, Australia, after Ms. Shriver said it was acceptable for white writers to appropriate minority culture in their work.
(Scott Johnson) Lionel Shriver is an American novelist who lives in London. I will only add that she is a woman because her adopted name Lionel might lead one to infer otherwise (photo below). On September 8 Shriver gave the keynote...