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Episode 97: Alberto Gullaba Jr. Thought He Might Be Headed For Literary Stardom — Then His Agent Found Out His Race

A very messy story

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.

After Katie provides a brief but withering review of ‘America,’ she tells Jesse about the latest hijinks of everyone’s favorite contrarian University of Washington computer science teacher, which like all great hijinks involve land acknowledgements. Then Jesse tells Katie about Alberto Gullaba Jr.’s travails trying to get his novel published. To discuss this episode with other paying subscribers, go here.

Show notes/Links:

Stuart Reges on sex differences research:
https://quillette.com/2018/06/19/why-women-dont-code/

Research on same: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/38061313_Men_and_Things_Women_and_People_A_Meta-Analysis_of_Sex_Differences_in_Interests

The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter:
https://www.vulture.com/2017/08/the-toxic-drama-of-ya-twitter.html

Jesse on Amelie Zhao:
https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/how-a-twitter-mob-destroyed-a-young-immigrant-female-authors-budding-career

Jesse on Kosoko Jackson:
https://reason.com/2019/02/28/he-was-part-of-a-twitter-mob-that-attack/

Jesse’s review of Jackson’s cancelled book:
https://reason.com/2019/03/15/a-review-of-a-book-will-never-be-publish/

Jesse’s newsletter: YA Twitter's Victims And Critics Speak Out, Part 2: How (Some) Writers Of Color Are Affected:

Singal-Minded
YA Twitter's Victims And Critics Speak Out, Part 2: How (Some) Writers Of Color Are Affected
This post on toxicity in online communities devoted to young-adult fiction probably won’t make all that much sense if you don’t read yesterday’s Singal-Minded first. And if you’re a regular reader confused about all this YA stuff, don’t worry — we’ll be back to normal programming soon…
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‘Ember Days’ cancelled:
https://archive.is/jp0IO#selection-629.0-637.768

Jesse on the unpublishing of that PW article:

Singal-Minded
Publishers Weekly, Literary Twitter, And The Problem With Online Rampartism (Unlocked)
From time to time I am going to unlock older posts that were originally just for paying subscribers. When I do, I’ll create a free clone of them with comments disabled, so as to protect the privacy of paying subscribers who commented on the original. This is one such clone — it was created 1/31/2021. If you’re a paying subscriber and want to see or comm…
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‘University Thugs’ is for sale here:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099QDNCKW

Alberto’s newsletter (more of a mailing list for future updates):
Freechef.substack.com

And his Twitter account:
https://twitter.com/free_chef