We’re in a culture where a critic can say not only “this is a bad book,” but “the writer is a bad person.” (And “the readers are bad, too!”) I don’t know what the answer is, but maybe it starts with paying attention. When you see something — “review” or “close reading” that’s about author, not book, where quotes aren’t from text but the author’s blog, say something. Examine your own assumptions, and the reviewer’s. Believe in women as authors, not just stenographers of their own lives. When you see a critic say, “It’s impossible to review Female Author’s new book without discussing her life,” ask — really? Really really?

—A compilation of Jennifer Weiner’s tweets from this morning. Very astute. Read all of them here. (via yeahwriters)