Melissa Langsam Braunstein offers a conservative rebuttal Jennifer Weiner and #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear.
Jennifer Weiner, the massively popular popular-fiction writer who also has a column in the New York Times and a profile in the “New Yorker,” was disappointed at not also getting selected for Oprah’s Book Club. That disappointment, which Weiner expressed in a few since-removed Facebook posts (hereis the one she’s settled on, for now at least), inspired gentle mockery from some women-oriented blogs. In a Jezebel post whose title referred to Weiner’s response as “Wigging Out,” Aimée Lutkin notes that there’s a specific reason Oprah might have avoided picking Weiner: Weiner sometimes tweets unflattering things about Oprah. Then Heather Schwedel joined in on Slate’s women’s blog, spelling out what Lutkin’s headline and post’s subtext merely suggested: that complaining about this was, for Weiner, a bad look.
Jennifer Weiner leapt out of the literary gate in 2001 with her first novel, ‘Good in Bed.’ Her new novel, ‘Who Do You Love,’ is a story of lifelong love that starts with a chance childhood meeting in the emergency room.
Jennifer Weiner is known as a best-selling author of fiction aimed at women. But what keeps her up at night is how the literary establishment pigeonholes writers by genre and gender.
Sisterhood favorite Jennifer Weiner finally got her own New Yorker profile. Sarah Seltzer weighs in with her observations about how the piece treated gender and literature.
Last year, I spent a lot of time writing about the literary feud known as “Franzenfreude,” which occurred when the plaudits received for Jonathan Franzen’s novel “Freedom” inspired a big conversation about gender, genre and the marketing, reviewing and treatment of books in the media.
Female novelists might not be getting the respect they deserve, but they sure can get rich trying. This, in short, is novelist (and, disclaimer, my friend) Teddy Wayne’s response to Jennifer Weiner’s recent post about the New York Times’ persistent bias towards male novelists — an issue that The Sisterhood has been following.
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