Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hamilton Nolan Makes A Good Point

Yes, it's news.  And reporters should probably be in favor of reporting.  Both good points, actually.  Two.  Two good points.

If you are a writer who writes under a pseudonym and your entire life's output consists of a few slim volumes of poetry or two dense novels not widely read during your lifetime, and decades after your death you are discovered to have been the greatest mind in modern human history, well, then it will be the job of historians to figure out who the fuck you were and what your life was like.  On the other hand, if you write under a pseudonym or in a semi-anonymous Pinchonesque fashion and you attract a shitload of attention by becoming a best-selling author or a vital, important novelist while you are still cashing the checks, well, the discovery of your identity during your lifetime is fucking news.  To pretend it isn't, or call it a disgrace, is madness--and coming from a reporter or news organization is an atrocity.  It's fucking news people, whether you agree with it or not.

Paging Julian Assange to the white courtesy phone.

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