My brush with fame
Remember Janis Ian? (“At Seventeen”, “Society’s Child”). Somebody sent me a link to some screed she posted on her site about evil music corporations which included a rather silly and gratuitous swipe at Catholics. So I wrote to her board to point out that it was a silly and gratuitous swipe. Various people wrote back (one memorable poster lectured me to study European history and helpfully explained that the Ku Klux Klan has nothing against Catholics). Then, Janis replied too. Shut up, she explained and threatened to silence my criticism. Then she offered excuses. I replied again. Better read it now, before she deletes the thread in the spirit of openness and tolerance.