Natasha Tynes, an award-winning Jordanian American author who lost a book deal following claims of online racism, is suing her publishing house for $13 million. The lawsuit, filed in California on Friday, alleges that Rare Bird Books breached its contract and defamed her, causing “extreme emotional distress” and destroying her reputation.

Everybody participating in the situation – especially the folks posting negative reviews of a book that doesn’t exist – is a total dick. And the book sounds supremely idiotic.

But I hope this Natasha woman wins.


Hillary Clinton warned during an alumnae event Saturday at Wellesley College that fascism is coming to America. She cited Madeline Albright’s book, “Fascism: A Warning,” and sounded the alarm: “The idea that it can’t happen here is just old fashioned, my friends.”

She’s not an idiot, so she knows this is utter crap. But still she says it to rile up those who are idiots. And the only reason to do so is vindictiveness. This is a very rich lady of a pretty advanced age who can’t get over losing years ago. It’s pathetic, that’s what it is. I detested Romney and didn’t respect McCain but at least they managed to accept losing the election.

The image of these mature ladies who abandon all dignity and self-awareness trying to renegotiate elections they lost ages ago is embarrassing.

If Hillary keeps this up, she’ll lose us another election without even trying.

Ellis on Sinatra

Since everybody seems really into Bret Easton Ellis quotes, here’s another one. Ellis is talking about Sinatra, James Brown, and Miles Davis whom he idolizes:

How would any of those artists have fared in a self-censorious society in which everyone tiptoes around trying to appease every group that might take offense at any opposing view, in essence shutting down creative excellence thanks to the fears and insecurities and ignorance of others? Could Sinatra have been forced into singing songs that exclusively made us feel dreamily better about our own identities, while ignoring the painful realities of life and human existence?

I’m not worried about art being destroyed by the easily offended Twitter mobs. Art survived under the Inquisition, so it will definitely survive this. Maybe it will even get better as a result.

But the poor, pathetic losers who can’t process any information that doesn’t constantly “affirm their identity” do need to be shown their place. Which Ellis is great at doing.

Book Notes: Bret Easton Ellis’s White

I realized today that I never reviewed this book on the blog, even though I quite enjoyed Ellis’s writing style. He’s clearly talented but I’m honestly not intellectually equipped to understand his very detailed and probably profound analyses of Hollywood movies. I haven’t watched any of the movies he talks about, not even American Psycho, and have no plans to do so. Neither do I know any of the music he enthuses about.

The idea of creating a narrative of gay male Bildung on the basis of the movies one watches is definitely valuable but one has got to have some familiarity with the reality Ellis inhabits to get what he’s talking about.

From what I understand, the book received a lot of attention because Ellis makes fun of the idiotic Resistance in it but it’s just dumb to reduce the book to that. Yes, Ellis despises the drama queens who have been rending their garments over the election for two years, but who doesn’t? He says eminently reasonable yet deeply uncontroversial things that somehow did manage to create controversy anyway. To give an example:

One could certainly dislike the fact that he’d been elected and yet still understand and grasp why he was elected without having an absolute mental and emotional collapse. Whenever I heard certain people losing their shit about Trump my first reaction was always, You need to be sedated, you need to see a shrink, you need to stop letting the “bad man” help you in the process of victimizing your whole life. Why would they do that to themselves?

Well, duh. I feel exactly the same and find it confusing that anybody should find Ellis’s words more shocking than the Trump-induced insanity we’ve been witnessing for several years now.

What’s funny is that I’m obviously from a different planet than Ellis. I don’t get a single one of his cultural references except for a brief mention of James Joyce (whom I don’t even like). But I experience the same stunned incomprehension of the pussy-hatters or the Resisters as he describes in the book.

One more quote, and it’s longish but it’s exactly how I feel:

This wasn’t the usual disappointment about election results—this was fear and horror and outrage that it seemed would never subside and not just for members of Generation Wuss, like my partner, but also for real grown-ups in their forties and fifties and sixties, so unhinged that their team hadn’t won they began using words like “apocalypse” and “Hitlerian.” Sometimes, when listening to friends of mine, I’d stare at them while a tiny voice in the back of my head started sighing, You are the biggest fucking baby I’ve ever fucking heard in my entire fucking life and please you’ve got to fucking calm the fuck down—I get it, I get it, you don’t like fucking Trump but for fuck’s sake enough already for fuck’s sake.

Again, obvious so not life-shattering. What I did find curious, though, is that Ellis’s analysis of the movie Moonlight, which I’ll never watch, kept me interested for pages and pages. That’s talent, folks. I usually go to sleep immediately after somebody mentions the word “movie.” Reading the book for political content is just weird because there’s a lot more to it.