I’m tired of Michael Richards’ racism, of Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitism, of the residual effects of Tom Cruise’s grandstanding about mental illness.
I’m also tired of the nightly news — and other media outlets — reveling in self-righteous indignation about intolerance.
It seems to me that most people are superb at complaining about small-mindedness, but less adept at changing it in themselves.
This blog stands out in the literary ether as a place where diversity reigns. Noir, thriller, suspense, detective, horror, traditional, quirky — the people who post at this site represent a rainbow of views.
We make it our mission to stretch perspectives, taste new ideas and honor different styles and subgenres.
Things aren’t always rosy here. Readers and bloggers disagree. So far, we’ve managed, generally, to do this with respect.
In the coming weeks, you’ll notice that we’re ramping up the discussion.
The website will also have a slightly different look. It’s started already. In case you didn’t notice the pictures on the left side of this blog, look now.
Then go back to yesterday’s post and meet Michael Maclean. Tomorrow, you’ll hear from Paul Guyot . . .
Here’s the new schedule:
Sundays Michael Maclean
Mondays Pari Noskin Taichert
Alternating Tuesdays Paul Guyot/Louise Ure
Wednesdays Elaine Flinn
Thursdays Simon Wood
Fridays J.T. Ellison
Saturdays Alexandra Sokoloff
Crime fiction is a world of opportunity. Murderers, kidnappers, embezzlers roam free until heroes take them down. World-weary misanthropes rub shoulders on bookcases next to sweet little old ladies. Yet, there’s this pull to take sides, to scoff at certain subgenres or laud others — not out of knowledge, but out of some need to prove self-worth. It’s the same kind of uninformed and petty bias I see in our general culture . . . and it truly dismays me.
When I started Murderati, one of the things I wanted to do was to buck that trend.
Seven writers. At least seventeen perspectives.
Join us. Be part of the discussion.
I believe (with a nod to Freud) that intolerance is the opiate of the intellectually lazy. Don’t be complacent.
Grow with us . . .
And, give a hearty welcome to our newest members: Michael Maclean, Paul Guyot, Louise Ure and Alexandra Sokoloff.