Tiptoeing through the minefield of artistic merit vs. cultural authenticity

My August 10, 2021 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

I don’t want to talk about it. ¶ “You really should weigh in.” ¶ No way. It’s a minefield out there. And nobody cares what a white, heterosexual, privileged woman of a certain age has to say. ¶ “So you’re scared.” ¶ Well, maybe. I’m always afraid of making a mistake these days.

more …