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Newspaper Article: BibTeX citation key:  Roth2012
PHILLIP ROTH. 6th Sep 2012. An Open Letter to Wikipedia. The New Yorker.
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Categories: literature, speaking through machines, speaking to machines
Keywords: authority, authorship, BDP, birth of the auctor, BLP, death of the author, Wikipedia, WP:V
Creators: Roth
Collection: The New Yorker

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Abstract
Roth explains that Anatole Broyard was not the inspiration for Professor Silk in his novel The Human Stain as had been "allegedly alleged" via Wikipedia. In fact, Roth was speaking about his friend & colleague Melvin Tumin who had been hounded for hate speech because he used the word spooks to describe two students who had never yet shown up during the course of the semester.

It appears the notion of shadowy ghosts in Germanic languages are lost on some overly enthusiastic SJW.

Swedish spok "scarecrow," Norwegian spjok "ghost, specter," etc.


In the article, he explains his difficulties getting the memory of Professor Silk's inspiration hammered into Wikipedia. After all, there was no secondary source quoting him saying it, even if he could claim to be a living primary authority on the matter. (Apparently he had an intermediary ask an admin and did not try to correct the error himself.)

Roth must have been relieved to have the support of space in the New Yorker as a seat for his authority on the question. And maybe on the need for more open letters to Wikipedia, as well.
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Further information may be found at:
http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/an-open-letter-to-wikipedia

 
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