Left Behinds

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Who the hell is Sara Gran, anyway?

Anywhere else in the country, people say, “Gee, you really published a book?” In Brooklyn, they ask when you’re going on Charlie Rose and if you know Jonathan Lethem. If not, end of conversation, time to move on. Getting off the F train right now is a young woman whose first novel was just pre-empted by Vintage for high six figures. The New York Times Magazine is writing her profile, Marion Ettlinger is taking her head shots, and she’s preapproved for a co-op on Prospect Park West.

You try writing a book under these circumstances.

I'm trying. It's no harder than anywhere else.

The title of this post is designed to cause her maximum annoyance should she ever stumble across it, by the way. Her whole whiny article is about how hard it is to get famous with all this heavy-hitting competition around. You know what? It's also a lot easier to get published if you live right around the corner from every book editor in the country.

Or at least that's what I hear.


  • At 11:14 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    The City section is what the NYT reserves for bad novelists for whom some editor has some nepotistic obligation. As in, "Oh, hey, Sara, fancy seeing you here. Yeah, sorry I haven't gotten back to any of your emails. Listen, let me make it up to you. How about 700 words in the City section next Sunday? You can write whatever crap you want, nobody will even edit it."

    I'm not kidding. Ask anyone on 7th Avenue.

  • At 10:23 AM, Blogger kfoz said…

    The article is actually hilarious and obvilously makes fun of its own generalizations and theories. But I guess not everyone is amused.

  • At 12:05 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Hmmm. Is it possible Sara Gran's story made me uncomfortable because it disturbed the temple of my ego, forcing me to confront my own at-best-partially-managed jealousy of other writers?

    No, kfoz. No it isn't.

  • At 1:12 PM, Blogger Phoebe Evergreen said…

    While I support your sarcastically denegated self-assessment, I'd like to point out the article's casually thrown-in praise for Dave Eggers ("the wonderful nonprofit 826 Valencia"), which you can never have too much of.

    While we're hatin'.


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