Here’s a great editorial by Timothy Egan.
True, there are all sorts of people whose lives are fascinating, whose thoughts deserved to be shared, and who are NOT by trade writers. But…I seriously take exception with the idea that every book by a minor celebrity deserves to be published. Egan’s opinion piece is about Joe the Plumber, and Joe’s book. Joe’s book! Give me a break! Crikey! Hello! Aren’t we teaching our kids that celebrity is more important than substance? Than anyone who stumbles into the limelight deserves a book contract and more attention?
Here’s a way to make this stop: Don’t buy Joe’s book.
Chris V. says
Hear, hear! This ridiculousness has to stop! People should buy books from "real" writers! Like us! :>)
Joanna Campbell Slan says
Maybe they should have to pass a test. Which word do you use in this sentence: “I think YOUR/YOU’RE nuts.”