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badpasiqueer is mad at JIM BUTCHER

badpasiqueer is mad at JIM BUTCHER

badparsiqueer:

AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THIS DESCRIPTION SUCKS.

“Artemis Bock, proprietor of Chicago’s oldest occult shop, had been a fixture near Lincoln (FAFJKDSAF;FADJ;SADF) Park for years before I had ever moved to town. The neighborhood was a bizarre blend of the worst a large city had to offer marching side by side with the erudite academia of the University of Chicago. It wasn’t the kind of place I wanted to walk around after dark, […..] cheap apartments that were flying gang colors on the windows nearest the doors”

FUCK YOU, JIM BUTCHER. You have obviously never actually lived in Hyde Park. I bet you just walked around a little bit — maybe you walked along the edges of Washington Park, maybe you walked down 55th until you hit Cottage Grove. Did you walk along 53rd St and decide that this was “the worst a large city had to offer”? What made you think that?

Was it the Starbucks on the corner? Or the farmers market that happens every Thursday morning in the summer? The Aveda salon? Treasure Island, the expensive “European food market”?

Or was it the back door Latino club that sells empenadas and Latinoamericano magazines out of the back door every afternoon? The smoke shop with the cheap weaves on Styrofoam heads in the window? The crappy Mexican food shop that sells huge burritos for a buck? The 24 hour cheap grocery by the bus stop, where I bought my yogurt from because I couldn’t afford to shell out 5 dollars on fucking yogurt?

Was it the Black people, Jim Butcher? Did they make you feel unsafe?

You know, given my previous experience attempting to read Jim Butcher’s work, the above does not surprise me.

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4 comments to badpasiqueer is mad at JIM BUTCHER

  • Lori S.

    WT effin’ F? As someone who used to live in that neighborhood, the relationship of his psychogeography to reality hurts my brain. I keep trying to make it make sense and suddenly there’s a stabbing sensation in my inner ear.

  • Havoc

    He really has NO CLUE WHATSOEVER about Chicago – and the people living there – sometimes. I’m even more glad I gave up on the series.

  • Dan

    If it makes you feel any better, it was probably more out of ignorance of the area than anything else. He’s gotten some major geography stuff wrong before. In this case, it was likely something like “I’ve already said the book store is in a bad neighborhood, near the school. Sure, let’s go with this neighborhood.”

    A little more research would have been better, but its not that sinister. It’s like people not realizing Hell’s Kitchen in New York is actually pretty nice these days

  • Emburii

    This is a man who used ‘tarbaby’ for a pitch-black, animalistic servant creature. You really don’t have to go too deep to scratch his privilege.