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Against Fame: On Publishing, Popularity, and Ambition

17 February 2017

From Catapult:



“I want be recognized for beautiful work, for good work, for real work . . . Which is different than saying I want to be famous. If you want to be famous, don’t be a writer.”

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Babette’s Feast

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17 Comments to “Against Fame: On Publishing, Popularity, and Ambition”

  1. Dexter von Dexterdorf

    I had to look up this famous author, Cheryl Strayed. I expected that she had written something fairly well-known, and I just didn’t recognize the name. Nope.

    So I guess it’s true: fame is relative. Or quite possibly I’m just an uncultured lout.

    • Her book Wild was made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon. My ex’s book club read it as one of their selections; it appears to have achieve whatever level of notoriety a book needs to be picked for book clubs to read.

  2. Fame is relative. It is also a double-edged sword.
    These days, fame makes you a target, so make sure whatever makes you famous is worth the grief to follow.

  3. I don’t want to be famous. I just want to sell enough books to have a big estate in Hawaii and a Ferrari that I can lend to the private investigator who rents my beach house.

  4. Back when Polish were told, they used to tell the one about the Polish starlet who went to Hollywood.
    she slept with the writer.

    • That’s exactly the joke I was going to dredge up, except in the version I heard it was just a young actress so naive she slept with the writer.

  5. I’ve always expected to be famous. I’ve been waiting all my life. I’m a little bit famous, in a very tiny pool.

  6. I have a small and deeply deluded following. I’m too faffin’ old to want much more.

    No, wait — how about a large, deeply deluded following? Hmm, thinkin’ that one over.

  7. Fame? Probably not. I’d like to make enough money to support myself and my collecting habits. Leave a little to my children so they can put something down on a house, or afford to have kids (not likely, sadly).

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