f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: How You Know You've Made It

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

How You Know You've Made It

There are a ton of ways you know you've made it as a hot-shot literary author. A National Book Award nomination, for instance. Some obscure grant for a lot of money. A cover designed by Chip Kidd.

Here's another way: Your author photo is taken by Marion Ettlinger.

I did just okay playing "Name That Author." Spotted Tom Wolfe (not terribly hard), Richard Powers, John Irving, Sebastian Junger, Richard Ford, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Haruki Murakami. And, of course, Andre Dubus--who I love. And Ray Carver--who looks like he'd rip off your arm and beat you with it if given half a chance.