Go Read This: On H.P. Lovecraft’s Racism

On Lovecraft

by Rachel Ann Taylor

We struggle all the time with our favourite authors and moviemakers. I might worship an author’s work without knowing a thing about his life, but then I find out something hideous about him. Do I stop reading and watching? Do I take what his work means to me and throw that all away?

Gabe spoke about this earlier today. He said fans have the right to be hypocrites if we communicate why and we are aware of our hypocrisies.

Noah Berlatsky wrote yesterday that H.P. Lovecraft, the father of weird fantasy, should be remembered both as a great writer and a racist. Lovecraft’s racism is documented. It is a big part of many of his stories. His fear of the OTHER is the foundation his strange fiction world is based upon. Go read this:

Where Should We Bury the Dead Racist Literary Giants?

This is part of why we have critics: so we’re able to analyze a book or movie differently than how we experience it.

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