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On J.K. Rowling

I have today removed from my website my essay “On the Use of Characteronyms in the Works of J.K. Rowling.”

I couldn’t condone any of her recent words regarding the lives of trans people and it has become increasingly uncomfortable for me to hear her double down on the issue and use what I see as increasingly weaselly-worded language to justify her stance.

How I Learned to Hate Rock and Roll

I was happily partaking of an internet forum the other day (one of a couple I frequent in fact) when a thread was started about a particular pop star – a vaguely diminutive Australian one actually – where a free and frank exchange of views about her last album was held.

But it was all pretty civil because at heart all those discussing it are basically fans. Until of course the thread suddenly started to fill with killjoys.