What was Canadian author David Gilmour thinking?
In a recent with interview Hazlitt (which The National Post referred to in a Sept 25 article) Gilmour dismisses women authors, particularly Chinese ones, and makes the bold proclamation that the real writers are men, "mens' men".
Gilmour says that "I say I don’t love women writers enough to teach them," that his forte is only "very serious heterosexual guys. Elmore Leonard. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy guys." Gilmour also said that he "would teach only the people that I truly, truly love. And, unfortunately, none of those happen to be Chinese, or women. Um. Except for Virginia Woolf."
I find it truly astonishing that a prominent writer would say any of the above things in a public forum or, even worse, believe such statements. Apology or not, someone please keep Mr. Gilmour away from microphones!