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Here’s the thirty fourth installment of LiteratEye, a series found only on The Art of the Prank Blog, by W.J. Elvin III, editor and publisher of FIONA: Mysteries & Curiosities of Literary Fraud & Folly and the LitFraud blog.
LiteratEye #34: Between the Covers: What’s It Like to Be in a Book?
By W.J. Elvin III
October 9, 2009
Once upon a time it was something of a rarity to appear personally in print, or even to know someone who’d been written about.
Today, it’s routine to be mentioned in someone’s blog, or, failing that, to spend five minutes launching a blog and filling it with “me, me, me.”
But it’s still a bit extraordinary to be in a book unless one has achieved celebrity or notoriety. When it happens to ordinary folk, the experience may come as a welcome surprise or a humiliating shock.
Certainly a book could be written covering all the lawsuits that have resulted from unwelcome attention of that sort.http://artoftheprank.com/blog/wp-admin/index.php?page=stats
For me, a career in the news business has meant frequently writing about others and rarely being written about myself.
I was, for many years, a Washington “insider” columnist and feature writer.
I’ve often run across books mentioning intrigues, scandals and skullduggery that I’d unearthed or expanded upon.
But that’s not the same as actually being named and perhaps profiled. (more…)