A day after getting dismissed by National Review and hours after undergoing chemotherapy, John Derbyshire seems unperturbed by the uproar he caused with his awful "non black" version of "The Talk." Gawker's Maureen O'Conner spoke to Derbyshire via email on Monday and he appears to have no regrets about the racially charged Taki's Magazine post that was called "nasty and indefensible" by his own boss.
"Derb" tells O'Connor that "my overall attitude is blithe, with just a dash of sad" given that he wasn't really fired by National Review since he wasn't an actual employee there. He reiterates that his special brand of "mild and tolerant racism" is rooted in numbers and facts and that his "advice" on how to deal with black people (mostly by avoiding them) remains sensible. Ultimately, he can't say he regrets publishing the piece, because "I never ponder counterfactuals" — which is smart guy way of saying "I am incapable of self-reflection." There's way more to the Gawker interview, which you should read, but the underlying message is that Derbyshire is unimpressed by all that happened this weekend and those who find fault with his opinions.