Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Disrespecting 'real' writers

When you're a nobody who suddenly becomes the centerpiece of a hardfought presidential campaign, I can see the urge to want to tell your story. But when that nobody is a (unlicensed) plumber who hasn't paid his taxes in years and failed a takeover of his boss's (who actually is licensed) business, he or she should not be the one who gets a book deal when there are so many other talented authors who can't get their novels published or people with real stories that we can learn from can't get published because they live in China. Really, Joe, or whatever your name is, cease and disist.
As Timothy Egan writes in his guest column in the New York Times opinion section, "With a resume full of failure, he now thinks he can join the profession of Mark Twain, George Orwell and Joan Didion."
I love books. I hate people who write books that waste paper and money that others deserve.

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