Friday, October 23, 2009

funny thing

i had a story about a man threatening a plane with terrorism in order to be taken home to his wife, written in an "awkward, angular style" (as i guess i would term it), rejected by a journal because of content that "perpetuates stereotypes." the editor who responded--because the narrator speaks in "broken english," and because the story concerns (though it does not really concern) him performing terroristic activities--assumed that the narrator was i guess middle-eastern, and that i was, in the story, perpetuating stereotypes regarding middle-eastern people and terrorism, when that, in fact, has nothing at all to do with the intended content of the story.

funny, and a little disconcerting.