09/30/2013 03:41 pm ET Updated Nov 30, 2013

Hey, Guys Who Only Read Other Guys: Stop That


Last week, college professor and novelist David Gilmour declared that he's not interested in teaching the work of female writers. He doesn't "love [them] enough to teach them," he told Random House of Canada's Hazlitt blog (the full transcript of the interview became available here following Gilmour's later backpedaling). "If you want women writers go down the hall. What I teach is guys." It's tempting to regard Gilmour's statements as isolated, the kind of declaration only a certain out-of-touch breed of old-school academic could make. But his remarks had another echo, and a more insidious one: that there are dudes who only read other dudes and don't even realize it.

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