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Aug 24·edited Aug 24

Have you seen De Long’s comment anent $ubstack? https://substack.com/@delongonsubstack/note/c-36735663?utm_source=notes-share-action&r=5xb60

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Thank you for your insights. I’m curious about Brandi Carlisle as a friend recently introduced me to her music and prison work. Her performance of “Story” on Saturday Night Live is phenomenal and hope to hear more from her and about her. Thanks again.

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“…my fellow jazz enthusiast Kareem Abdul-Jabbar…”

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Excellent, honest, many-dimensional essay, Michelle, thanks. Success is writing something like this, that rings a bell. Your broad perspective is especially resonant with the sense the despair about our profession's future and resignation about our own, noted by many colleagues. But one thing writers can do that AI cannot is express *ourselves*. I hope you find energy and validation in what you *are* able to write, regardless of commercial or even audience response (I shudder at your experience). Go with Tom Terrell's encouragement and all of ours.

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Aug 15Liked by Michelle Mercer

Thanks for sharing this, Michelle. So horrible that you're being harassed. I couldn't help but think of this incisive article by Roxane Gay: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/17/opinion/culture/social-media-cancel-culture-roxane-gay.html

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Thank you, Michelle! I do have a day job...and am thankful for it.

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I am not a lawyer, but a quick Google search indicates that making written threats is illegal; and bullying is becoming illegal rapidly in many states. I am sorry that this happened to you, and I’m sorry that this happens to other writers as well. Substack should be protecting its writers from this kind of abuse.

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I’m stunned to hear your extraordinarily creative piece on Joni brought out the haters. We live in a crazy time. Glad you are back with the joyous warrior women we love and admire. Your writing makes me happy to be a reader.

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Thank you for writing this and for the Joni piece, which I thought was excellent. Pleased to upgrade my subscription!

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Aug 14Liked by Michelle Mercer

I can only offer small words of encouragement (and a paid subscription.) Under no circumstances should you let the bastards grind you down. This is beyond a Substack issue; it’s a matter of engagement in the culture. Those who, like yourself, have something to say, must push back against those who have nothing to say but nonetheless keep saying nothing, loudly. The Joni essay was wonderful, btw.

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