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Thursday
Aug192010

Tempest in a Tweetcup

Keep fighting the good fight Jodi.This must be a very slow news week because the NYTpicker spotlighted a tweet by Jodi Picoult and then took her to the literary woodshed for a bloggy beatdown.

Apparently, in Jodi’s 140-character quote, she commented on how the New York Times tends to slobber all over white, male authors, particularly those residing within the boroughs of New York City. (Okay, so I’m paraphrasing a teensy bit).

Honestly, I don’t know if Jodi is spot-on or hurling aspersions from the cheap-seats. I guess I’m just too busy to pay that much attention to the New York Times Book Review. Except for that time they were going to review me, then pulled out when they saw my first name and their literary bus jumped the guardrail and plummeted into the abyss of androgyny.

Despite answering trivia questions about college football and Bud Light commercials, they remained unconvinced of my gender and review worthiness. I even faxed them my birth certificate—clearly evidence that I was indeed male and worthy of their time, but in a form reply they stated that the mere effeminate nature of my name offended them and thereby voided any chance of a glowing review.

And that, true believers, was that.

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Reader Comments (6)

Are you serious?! GEEZ!!!! I had no clue. Thanks for telling the story. I'm telling my DH (who subscribes to the NYT Book Review).
August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret
Jamie's no more effeminate a name than Ernest...you just need to get wounded fighting the Fascists, go on safari in Africa, and fish for marlin in the Gulf. Stay out of Idaho, though....
August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEric
Fascists? I used to work for them, remember?
August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
O SNAP! Oh no you di-int.
August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEric
"Despite answering trivia questions about college football and Bud Light commercials, they remained unconvinced of my gender and review worthiness. I even faxed them my birth certificate—clearly evidence that I was indeed male and worthy of their time, but in a form reply they stated that the mere effeminate nature of my name offended them and thereby voided any chance of a glowing review."

Jamie, I love this! You are too funny, and so cool!
August 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRita Horiguchi St. Claire
Well, it probably doesn't help that a Google search for Jamie Ford yields your photo juxtaposed with a busty girl in lingerie.

I know a little about names believed to be effeminate, despite the fact that Adrian has a long male history. My parents might just as well have named me Sue.
August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian Magnuson

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