Eric_Martin wrote:Tim Richmond, who almost never posts, does NOT have a right to suddenly march in and tell people to "shut the fuck up."
Oh, he has the RIGHT, all right. Rights are wide open here on the electronic frontier.
But others have the right to find his behavior out of line and boycott purchase of his book. (I won't be participating in that pyrrhic maneuver; just as I will probably continue to see the occasional Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise movie, read Asimov -- what are they going on about with him? -- and purchase Ellison collectibles; ya think they'll temporarily go down in price?)
A hypothetical question for you and Jim and rich, especially: Since you argue that this is a public issue for suitable debate, does there ever come a point at which Ms. Willis's continued apparent public silence, allowing the hue and cry to go on and on about Harlan (good, bad, and ugly), and not even acknowledging that he has offered an apology, whether adequate or no, becomes a kind of cruelty in itself?
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus