October 16, 2015 at 09:30AM on Facebook

“The specific cliché that’s emerged for the White Male Writer subverts the whole Seriousness thing, reframing it instead as self-seriousness—which is, of course, how Seriousness appears from the outside. Rather than insisting that people of all backgrounds can produce universal, canon-worthy art, branding white, male writers as pretentious mocks the (ridiculous) idea that only white men can write profoundly.”
Our default image of a writer may be (much too slowly) changing, but payback is still a bitch.
White Male Writers: No Longer the Default, and Not Terribly Interesting