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LiteratEye #34: Between the Covers: What”™s It Like to Be in a Book?

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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

FOUR-190Once 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.

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…)