Narcissism is a topic that is both seductive and perplexing – and has everything and nothing do with writing.
I’ve written about the topic of narcissism, I’ve experienced the topic, I’ve known people who are the topic. Now, author Steve Almond writes on Cognoscenti about the topic in regards to writing, and it’s instructive and wise on many levels. Among other things he discusses how to write, when to hold judgment on what others write, who “decides” (and who shouldn’t be deciding) who lives a life that is memoir-worthy. He writes about the issue of one writer who wrote an online piece about of a particular sexual encounter:
“The writing itself was candid, but almost entirely devoid of insight. [The author] didn’t portray the incident; she transcribed it.”
Know the kind of writing he’s talking about?
Click here to read Steve Almond’s The Literary World’s Latest Teapot-Sized Tempest: Or, When Writers Attack!