In the latest New Yorker is this open letter from Philip Roth, concerning the page devoted to his novel The Human Stain (a very good novel, in my opinion, if not his best). If you read the entire letter there’s hardly any need to read the novel, given the story before and the story after. The blend of fact and fiction detailed here might be more interesting: the alleged inspiration falsely reported in Wikipedia, the actual inspiration reported by Roth, and of course The Human Stain itself.
Yet when, through an official interlocutor, I recently petitioned Wikipedia to delete this misstatement, along with two others, my interlocutor was told by the “English Wikipedia Administrator”—in a letter dated August 25th and addressed to my interlocutor—that I, Roth, was not a credible source: “I understand your point that the author is the greatest authority on their own work,” writes the Wikipedia Administrator—“but we require secondary sources.”
From racism to political correctness to academic oversight, read all about it here: