Literary Feuds in the Digital Age Get Ugly


While we were all shaking our heads about sexist changes to the “American Novelists” page, Wikipedia editor “Qworty” was taking action—by making a series of “revenge edits” to Amanda Filipacchi’s page.

But, sadly and strangely, that was only the tip of the iceberg. It turns out Qworty is a novelist himself, and he’s conducted an elaborate campaign of retribution not just against Filipacchi but also against several other authors who he felt had wronged him.

Andrew Leonard at Salon has the whole sordid story on the role of Internet anonymity in this modern-day literary feud.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →