I can’t believe I’ve been blogging this long and have never shared this particular annoyance. But driving today, I heard an author on NPR commit the sin like seven times. I never caught his name, but he peppered his interview with, “as I say in my book,” “as I write in my book,” “well, according to my new book.” You get the idea. Even worse than hearing this on the radio is being trapped by this sort of blowhard at a cocktail party or to your left at a dinner party. I know authors are told to refer to their books when being interviewed to impress upon the audience that they are selling a book. Still, it feels so forced to me:
Q: What kind of vegetables do they grow in Madagascar?
A: As I say in my book, the most popular vegetable in Madagascar is the tuber.
Q: Do writers like to take it up the arse?
A: Well, according to the studies I cite in my book, writers prefer whatever.
My father once asked me how I got to be so judgmental when I criticized a friend for always putting a smiley face at the end of her name. I mean, aren’t some things just unforgivable?
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