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- My grandfather was full blooded Italian, living in North Shore Boston at the time Lovecraft was writing, and he described encountering that kind of racism from "Yankees" (people whose families had been here from the early colonies and came from England). I've always felt a touch of discomfort when I read Lovecraft for that reason. But I can still enjoy Lovecraft and that discomfort sort of adds to to the weird horror of his stories for me. Sometimes great writers, musicians, thinkers etc also carry some bad ideas or beliefs with them and you have to decide if that is a deal breaker for you I suppose. Lovecraft had such an impact on horror and fantasy, and his stories are so captivating, it is hard to ignore their importance. As for awards, I don't really care either way whether an award has his or another person's likeness on it. I do think it would be misguided though for people to ignore Lovecraft's writing. For most people, reading is writings is probably going to be a bit complicated by his beliefs (particularly since if you are not 100% English, his dislike is probably directed at you). I still think he is worth reading and important to read if are interested in Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction.Nov 13, 2015
- Those criticising Lovecraft today for his mild racism of the past are faced with a choice. They can either choose to accept the past is past and has its own context or they can choose to purge what good there was of the past for a feeling of rightous purity today. If they choose the latter, then they have more in common with Lovecraft than they will want to admit.Nov 13, 2015
- Both of his parents were mentally ill, and he may have been as well. I'm comfortable assigning those problematic views of his to that likelihood.Nov 13, 2015
- I believe - reasonably believe in my opinion - that almost everyone alive before I was born had some belief i would find hateful, ridiculous or disgusting. I also believe that those born after i die will look back on my times and be shocked at the stupidity and wrongness of what we believe.Nov 13, 2015
- I'm half-Italian half-Central European, i.e., the kind of people Lovecraft vented his racism against in his writings. I don't give a fuсk; I still admire him and his writings. I'm writing from Paris where I live and thinking "If only we had more non-violent atheist racists like Lovecraft and less violent religious morons, the world would be a better place".Nov 14, 2015
- The problem isn't Lovecraft's racism per se. Larkin's letters were far worse - racist, misogynist, borderline paedophile - but the work survives that because the bigotry went into the letters not into the poems. Lovecraft's problem is he let his bigotry into the control tower - the work is the worse for it. And as we grope towards a better world the cognitive dissonance is only going to get stronger.Nov 14, 2015
- Lovecraft thought religious people such as myself are idiots. That does not change the fact that I love reading his stories, and I feel a liking for Lovecraft personally.
Imagine if you had a favorite author. Further imagine that it was revealed that this author thoroughly HATED all ____________ [fill in the blank with something that you are]. Would you stop reading his stuff? If so, why?Nov 14, 2015