While I’ve had a strong interest in politics most of my life, I generally shied away from incorporating politics into my fiction and creative nonfiction, mostly because my work tends to be character-driven and also because I worried that the political message would overshadow the deeper more universal themes I wished to explore.
However, the dangers cancel culture pose to diverse, democratic societies like the United States motivated me to write my first (and perhaps last) truly political essay. I sent the essay around to more than 20 mainstream news and cultural media outlets before Iona Italia, Editor-in-Chief at the international humanist magazine Areo expressed interest. Though she changed the title and asked me to knock off about 200 words from the final draft, I’m grateful to her for recognizing what the essay was trying to say and making very valuable edits.
Click here to read the essay online.