Category Archives: Pecksniffery

National Coalition Against Censorship and PEN defend Met’s showing of a “controversial” painting

Four days ago I reported about an attack of the Pecksniffs on a painting at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art: Balthus‘s Thérèse Dreaming”, created in 1938. Here it is in the gallery: A New York Pecksniff, one Mia Merrill, launched a campaign to have the painting removed (one call was simply for a “trigger warning”, […]

Activists demand Met remove painting of girl “in suggestive pose”, museum refuses

Here’s a painting on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City: “Thérèse Dreaming” (1938) by the Polish-French artist Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, also known as “Balthus.” It shows a young girl in reverie (and there’s a cat). In today’s climate, though, the fact that her legs are splayed and her underwear is showing was […]

The annual roundup of “offensive” Halloween costumes: you vote!

Insider has taken it upon itself to show the 16 most offensive Halloween costumes of the year, and why they’re offensive (I didn’t see any of these in person, but I didn’t go to a party or trick-or-treating). Insider‘s description and comments are indented. I’ll ask you to vote on each costume in a poll following […]

How Kirkus changed its review of American Heart after mob pressure

Yesterday I reported  that Kirkus, one of the three “biggie” reviewing services that vets books for libraries and readers before publication, had removed a prized star from one of its reviews: that of American Heart by Laura Moriarty (out January 2018).  It’s a “young adult” novel describing hypothetical America in which Muslims, as were many Japanese in […]

Chicago’s soda tax repealed

Yesterday, by a vote of 15-1, the Cook County Finance Committee voted to overturn our recent and much-despised 2¢-per-ounce tax on sodas. I’ve written about it several times before, and will say here only that it’s a Nanny Tax—part of the government’s increasing effort to control the private lives of Americans—and that it was also […]

Siri, Alexa, and other bots tested for feminist purity, fail miserably

There’s a famous story about Samuel Johnson and his dictionary that is appropriate to begin this piece. The story is this: Mrs. Digby told me that when she lived in London with her sister, Mrs. Brooke, they were every now and then honoured by the visits of Dr. Johnson. He called on them one day […]