Readers Recommend 21 January 2016 – Rejection

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Here’s this week’s new topic from Peter. If the RR blog is taken down for whatever reason, please carry on here on the ‘Spill.

“Hi all,
The subject of rejection is one I’ve been thinking about recently, which might seem depressing in the current circumstances, but need not necessarily be so. After all, who is doing the rejecting, one might ask? The rejected could indeed reject, if offered something they don’t want. And also, from the other side, something or someone or some people could be rejected because they were doing something that was deemed too good, the rejector being not worthy of it. And the setting could be work, or love, or any number of things, especially in song. So this subject is indeed a two-way street, with many choices. So with that in mind. RR SONGS ABOUT REJECTION is one of many topics this blog could have officially done. Just a thought ….

Over to you, and indeed the highly discerning Ali Munday – has your time come to in fact, reject, or accept, songs about rejection ? If so, wonderful, and enjoy, everyone!

PS. Thanks again to Severin for a superb list and piece of not-less writing. You’re all great – again!”

Here’s the link for the collaborative playlist on Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/user/alimunday/playlist/2iY50UkLPQR4qvy52eH5rJ

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3 thoughts on “Readers Recommend 21 January 2016 – Rejection

  1. Just got this from Michael Hann: Any thoughts?
    Dear Ravi,
    First, my apologies for taking so long to reply to you. We needed to have conversations in the office about the future of RR, and one of the people necessary was away at the start of January. Then David Bowie died, which occupied most of last week. So only now am I getting round to emailing all those who wrote to me about RR.
    The decision to end it was not done with a sense of joy. We simply could not continue it in its current form. While it may have appeared to be something almost effortless at our end, it wasn’t – the two blogs between them occupied up to three working days, divided between different people here, which we cannot continue to allocate. That said, we do want to find a way to keep the RR community involved.
    At the bottom of this note, you’ll see the post I made to the Guardian Facebook page about it. What I said there has angered some people, which I understand. So I’m writing to you now to ask what new iteration of RR would satisfy you: the one stricture is that it can not involve opening up our production system to readers. As I have said, we can’t do it exactly the same as before. We’ll carry on thinking at our end, and I hope by end of next week, combining our thoughts with yours, I can send a suggestion out to readers to see how they feel about it. Please feel free to circulate this note among other RR readers you know, and when (and if) you reply, please put Readers Recommend in the subject header.
    Best wishes,
    Michael Hann

  2. I received the email as well.

    Just noting that
    “the two blogs between them occupied up to three working days, divided between different people here, which we cannot continue to allocate.”
    “So I’m writing to you now to ask what new iteration of RR would satisfy you: the one stricture is that it can not involve opening up our production system to readers.”

    So anything proposed needs to take into account what is carried out at the Guardian side of things. Do we know enough about this – ie how it could be more limited? Is that feasible in it’s existing form given that we weren’t aware that much time (3 wd) was being utilised (though I appreciate Peter’s intros are not written in an hour).

    It seems difficult to propose a solution without knowing what takes up their time. Is there someone we have who is media savvy who can act as a go between as I imagine this may need some back and forth discussion between the RR community and Michael?

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