Self-censorship rears its head again?
The publisher phoned us on Friday, and talked of changes, or delays, or would we like to drop a chapters. We would not like to drop a chapter, and if we had liked to drop a chapter, the time to discuss that would have been several months ago, not now, a week before the book is supposed to appear. The publisher sent the can-we-drop-it chapter to an ecumenicist to get his opinion.
The “ecumenicist” is a specialist in Muslim-Christian relations.
The conference call has not happened yet, so nothing is definite. But this has ominous echoes of The Jewel of Medina farrago, when Random House pulled out of the publishing deal at the last minute because an academic had warned that it might inflame Muslim passions.
Can you hear a rumbling sound? There is an internet shitstorm on the horizon, and it’s coming this way.
UDATE: (17:02) Has the wind changed direction? Was it just a shitstorm in a teacup? Looks like it could be.