Friday, August 14, 2015

Stephen King, Donald Trump, and writing

Needless to say, it isn't a complimentary campaign slogan. 

Stephen King probably has more money than Donald Trump, so he can do (more or less) whatever he wants. 

Other novelists should think twice before staking out such partisan positions so often.

Does this mean that a novelist should never express an opinion on social media? 

Not necessarily.

But at some point the novelist has to make up his or her mind: Is he/she primarily a novelist, or primarily a political commentator who also writes novels?

When asked a few years back to endorse a Democratic candidate, Michael Jordan famously and wisely demurred, noting that "Republicans buy sneakers, too."