Sympathy for the Devil: In Defense of Elizabeth EllenBy Brett Ortler
October 14, 2014
Always a cauldron of some fleeting controversy or another, the literary world roiled with a genuinely serious scandal over the past two weeks. A number of well-known writers and editors, including Stephen Tully Dierks and Tao Lin, were accused of sexual or emotional abuse.
One of the flashpoints in the resulting fracas was an essay posted to Hobart by Elizabeth Ellen. In the piece, Ellen offers her opinion on the ongoing reaction to the scandal.
The essay is difficult and troubling, but well-worth reading.