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Non-neutral and Poorly Formatted Info in Introduction


Hello, I am not a wikipedia editor and was just reading about authors, but noticed some very poorly formatted information focused on Bowles's alleged racism in the introduction section of this article. I attempted to revert to the last neutral version of the article and the editor rebuffed this change. I do not care whether the information is included in the article either way, but it certainly needs to be correctly formatted and probably in its own section. It also needs academic sources. I would strongly prefer a seasoned wikipedian take over this issue, as I do not know the norms here but am disturbed by such edits going unremarked on.

Sincerely (talk) 06:45, 7 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks for bringing this to attention. I've removed the offending text for now. At the very least, these sorts of matters should be canvassed within the body of the article, and a summary thereof might qualify for mention in the lede. But they should not be mentioned solely in the lede. -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 07:33, 7 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Bowles didn't even say the things the anon is alleging - if you read the New York Review piece linked, you'll see that was a combination of Truman Capote and William Burroughs. Anyway I removed it again and blocked the anon for edit warring. It's completely inappropriate to have shouty outrage, sloppily sourced, in the lede - or anywhere else. Antandrus (talk) 18:13, 10 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]