By Isaac Butler
I forgot to mention this earlier, but the ASME nominations just dropped. ASME is the American Society of Magazine Editors. Their awards are a big deal. Anyway, in case you haven't heard, not one of the 25 nominations in creative nonfiction is by a woman. Not one. The categories are: Reporting, Feature Writing, Profile Writing, Essays/Criticsm and Columns/Commentary. This is really really bizarre and shitty. Alexander Nazaryan over at NY Daily News writes a screed about it so I don't have to.
(I will say that I think the ranting against the work of John Jeremiah Sullivan in this linked piece is uncalled for. It is perfectly possible to argue vociferously that the awards should be more inclusive without trashing the current slate of nominees all of whom are good and hardworking writers. It's not their fault they were nominated. Although I will also say that Sullivan's Disneyland piece, which was nominated, is kind of meh, but the pieces contained in his book Pulp Head are really, really great. I am also quite sick of seeing the word "middlebrow" as an epithet. It's generaly a sign of laziness on the part of people using it, and I'm not even sure the word has any meaning anymore.)