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Freedom of speech means defending people whose views you find deplorable

Will the Left Survive the Millennials? – Lionel Shriver at The New York Times describes the backlash he experienced after giving a university address criticizing the idea of “cultural appropriation” and defending the right of fiction writers to write from other ethnic points of view.

In my youth, liberals would defend the right of neo-Nazis to march down Main Street. I cannot imagine anyone on the left making that case today.

He makes good points here, but gives the 2016 right an unearned free pass.

Update: A friend informs me Lionel Shriver is a woman. Guess she won’t appreciate my gift of a year’s subscription to Dollar Shave Club then.

Novelist David Hewson: How to start writing a book

The opening should conclude with “a surprise” or “revelation that something we’ve come to suspect is actually true.” The surprise or revelation “will pose a problem which the characters I’ve introduced will have to tackle.”

Hewson describes how the opening of “Treasure Island” follows that formula.

“The setup is the fuse for the book to come,” Hewson says.

How to start writing a book – David Hewson