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September 29, 2010

Neither honour nor courage: The National Post

Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by malice and incompetence.

Dittos to what Five Feet of Fury said.

I wrote a couple of pieces for the National Post, but once I mentioned that, uh, I write for money, I never heard from them again.

I used to publish in the National Post back in the day Conrad Black ran the show. It was a business run with integrity. The last time I had a call from their editorial board I had to explain the Post paid me 40 cents a word. The man was genuinely scandalized - I mean audibly taken aback and offended - when I told him I would not hand my work over to him for free (btw, Adam, how did selling your integrity work out for you? Looks like you got what it was worth).

These days they don't bother to call. Last week, they took my Margaret Atwood story and ran with it uncredited. They lacked the decency to do something that would have cost them nothing.

Because they have small cocks, no talent and no honour. If these were more civilized times, they would be called out at dawn.* It would not have been much of a threat; we all know they would not have shown up to defend something they don't have.

By contrast, my writing has been anthologized alongside Margaret Atwood. I am proud of the fact. As much as she is the definition of a stark raving moonbat, Atwood has added something to Canadian life. Those memoryholes at the National Post subtract from it.

I am a writer. I don't expect to get paid much. But I do expect to get paid. If this country aspired to be something more than a grasping, pissant kleptocracy celebrating third-raters and UCC school ties my work - this blog and others like it - would be understood as part of the real Canadian cultural establishment.

Fortunately, I don't require their acknowledgement.

* Imagine Kathy as a duelling second. That would have scared some manners into them.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 29, 2010 09:04 AM


Regarding Kathy Shaidle as your second in a duel, I'm not sure it would scare manners into them but it would most certainly scare something out of them.

Posted by: soirish [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 30, 2010 02:54 PM