Writing a book is sorta like running for president; you’ve got to be a little bit full of yourself to do it. I mean seriously, how much of an egomaniac do you have to be to think anybody cares what you think about much of anything?
Yesterday I noticed something that seems to really exemplify this tendency. I was in a book store, buying a guide for monster hunting. I happened to glance at a table of “literary fiction.” Written on every book was the phrase, “A Novel.” So for instance, you might have a book called, The Pretension of the Novelist. And then, somewhere randomly on the cover it would say, A Novel.
A novel? What, am I stupid? Are you concerned that I thought The Art of Fielding was actually an instructional guide on defensive baseball? I don’t know, maybe I’m overreacting. What do you think?