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16 August 2009 @ 08:48 pm
Adding Rex Stout  
to the list of authors who Make Shit Up. Still, he writes a good story (yes, Archie Goodwin is racist, and Nero Wolfe probably is, too, but more subtly. I take the era in which the books were written into account), so I will continue reading him.

In Some Buried Caesar, he has both a bull and a human die from being injected with anthrax cultured from another bull. Which would be fine, except that they die within minutes of being injected.
 
 
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on August 17th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Some years ago, when I took a class on Women in Music, one of the assigned readings was from about 100 years ago, about how women were incapable of composing music. My response in class was to the effect of, "That poor man. I know that he was surrounded by the societal assumption that women were basically unintelligent and suited only for the bearing and raising of children, but did he not even notice how circular his argument was? I mean, really, 'It's impossible to teach women to compose music, because women can't compose music, and we know this because there are no women composers.' I learned to reason better than that in fifth grade."

As I recall, the teacher, who was expecting a more impassioned response, was a bit puzzled.