The Atlantic Wire
Jennifer Weiner's Public War
But if Weiner, a bestselling author and, as her official bio notes, "a frequent public speaker who has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show, The Rachael Ray Show," is not an insider, then she just may be the literary world's most influential outsider. A fierce critic of The New York Times Book Review, she constantly assails the publication for what she sees as its elitism and sexism. The Book Review's culture, she tells me, is "prescriptive instead of reflective," telling people what to read instead of talking about what they are reading, reviewing a 600-page biography of Calvin Coolidge while largely ignoring E.L. James. To many of her nearly 74,000 Twitter followers, she offers a refreshingly honest, uncompromisingly feminist critique of publishing.