Typing Without A Clue by guest columnist Timothy Egan.
In today’s New York Times, Week in Review section, Mr. Egan writes about Joe the Plummer. He says,
“The unlicensed pipe fitter known as Joe the Plummer is out with a book this month, just as the last seconds of his 15 minutes are slipping away. I have a question for Joe: Do you want me to fix your leaky toilet? I don’t think so. And I don’t want you writing books. Not when too many good novelists remain unpublished. Not when too many extraordinary histories remain unread. Not when too many riveting memoirs are kicked back at authors after 10 years of toil. Not when voices in Iran, North Korea or China struggle to get past a censor’s gate.”
Here, here Mr. Timothy Egan! Well said! He continues….
“Most of the writers I know work every day, in obsecurity and close to poverty, trying to say one thing well and true. Day in and day out, they labor to find their voice, to learn their trade, to understand nuance and pace. And then, facing a sea of rejections, they hear about something like Barbara Bush’s dog getting a book deal.”
Well thank goodness for guest columnists. What a refreshing piece, what a ood laugh this has given me before I head off to bed. Mr. Egan write about the chances that Sarah Palin will be next in line for a bog book deal and all the reasons that this is a bad thing and it just made me smile and think, yes, what is wrong with this picture? This is a must read column…check it out!