Hale vs Harris, and the Breach of Online Ethics

I’ve avoided blogging about the Kathleen Hale incident for quite some time. Mostly because I am unsure of what to say and how to articulate my outrage. I can say that it has had a detrimental effect on my reading, my reviewing and my book buying. I have been in shock. I’ve not wanted to read any books – maybe the Kathleen Hale boogieman might get me. I’ve not wanted to review books – maybe some asshole will come to my house because their butt feels hurt. I’ve not wanted to BUY books – why spend my money on an activity that gives me less joy now?

That, my dears, is the effect of Kathleen Hale deciding that she was so fucking important that she had the right to show the fuck up at someone’s house because she was upset.

This I can say: I will call the police, file a report and press charges against anyone showing up at my home. I will track you down right the fuck back if need be – but you will face police charges. I will spend every dollar that belongs to anyone in my entire extended family to ensure a nice harsh place for that person beneath the jail.

Alex Hurst has complied the most detailed and thorough report of exactly what Kathleen Hale has done. I’ve reblogged her excellent post but I strongly encourage you to click through to read the comments section.

#HALENO

Memoirs of a Time Here-After

[10/22: This post has been edited to include new information regarding Hale & Harris’s Twitter conversations, and the dissemination of Harris’s physical address. Many thanks to commenter Cheryl for the updates.]

[10/24: This post was edited again to expand on Harris’s alleged involvement with another Goodreads scandal and to add more screenshots of a Twitter conversation.]

Over the last couple of days, fingers have been flying across keyboards all across the book industry in response to the October 18th article in the Guardian, titled Am I being catfished?’ An author confronts her number one online critic. If you have any ear turned towards author, book, or book blogger news, you’ve probably already been introduced to this story. Many prominent bloggers have thrown their weight into the ring, and what perhaps began as a largely “on the author’s side” argument, is now firmly in the realm of “what was

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