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About That Last Post…

A few people have asked me about that last post. That was satire, right?

Yes, people. I’m not really the biggest jerk-faced, egocentric writer in the history of letters. 

I wrote it in response to yet another list of “important writers” appearing online—this one about writers who “run” the Internet. These lists are click-bait; often if there are 20 writers on the list, you’ll have to click 20 times to see them all. Well, that certainly drives up the page views used to influence what advertisers are charged.

The people who make such lists want to be important, so they pick writers they hope will like them: ladder-climbing by association. After all, if the number of Twitter followers one has matters, and each chosen writer tweets a link to the list, then the writer of that list gets more exposure, too. The implicit argument is always that the list-maker is the most important writer on the list. I took that concept and blew it apart, with a few shout-outs to friends, one of my Lacewing authors, and my wife. I’m not making fun of them—though it’s funny to see a former student, someone I play Words with Friends with every day, and other friends on these lists. I’d had enough of the posturing behind such selections, though, and I’m sad that book coverage has devolved into this.

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The 10 Most Important Writers on Earth

10. Mike Scalise

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No one makes more Twitter references to mid-90s alt-rock and the Pittsburgh Steelers than Scalise, a friend to giraffes everywhere. Even though Andrew Scott is often the only person to favorite tweets with Scalise’s #CountingCrowsTweet hashtag, that association is enough to get him on this list. Ironically, this Brooklynite tends to loathe such rankings—and the Internet, in general.

9. Ashley Ford

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Though she is now considered a literary cheerleader and burgeoning cultural critic, Ashley Ford was once Andrew Scott’s freshman composition student. And we all remember the saying, No one is more important in your life than a freshman composition instructor, right? Without being subjected to Scott’s incessant mumbling about the importance of thesis statements, Ford might never have dared to climb BuzzFeed Mountain, where she posts regularly on a variety of topics. Some readers also speculate that Andrew Scott paved the way for Ashley Ford and other writers with humdrum names.

8. Elizabeth Stuckey-French

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In 2011, Stuckey-French—author of The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady and Where Wicked Starts, a YA novel co-written with Patricia Henley—was lucky enough to be asked to provide a blurb for Andrew Scott’s Naked Summer. Three short years later, she can be found on the cover of The Writer magazine, proving once again that is pays to say nice things about Andrew Scott.

7.  Matthew Quick

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At a literary festival in 2012, Matthew Quick—known as “Q” to fans who can’t be troubled to pronounce a one-syllable surname—befriended fellow guest Andrew Scott, and the two sang “Lick It Up” while they traveled to a post-event party. Later that year, his novel The Silver Linings Playbook was released as a major motion picture. Scott’s too humble to suggest he played a role in Quick’s sudden rise to prominence, but the juxtaposition speaks for itself.

6. Robert Boswell

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Though he had begun to make a name for himself as the author of Crooked HeartsMystery Ride, and Living to Be a Hundred, the fortunes of this novelist and short-story writer multiplied in 1999, when Andrew Scott decided to attend New Mexico State’s creative writing program, where Boswell was teaching. Boswell’s play, The Long Shriftdirected by another of his (admittedly lesser) students, James Franco—is currently playing at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York.

Editor’s Note: Neither Matthew Quick nor Robert Boswell knew to pose with their arms crossed before meeting Andrew Scott. Boswell, in this photo, is also drawing heavily on Scott’s V-neck sweater habit of the early 2000s. 

5. Cheryl Strayed

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Before she began interacting with Andrew Scott on Facebook, Cheryl Strayed was just an anonymous, unpaid blogger for The Rumpus. Now even Oprah kisses her ass. 

4. Andrew Scott

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The actor who portrays Moriarty in Sherlock attracts hundreds of Tumblr followers each day who go looking for the real Andrew Scott and find this lowly scrub’s account by mistake. It must be tough to share a name with such a genius.

3. Roxane Gay

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Before she began playing Words with Friends with Andrew Scott, Roxane Gay was best known as the only writer capable of making a damn bit of sense on HTMLGiant. Time says “let this be the year of Roxane Gay,” but Andrew Scott might have something to say about that, as he’s setting up a 102-point word in their current match.

2. Mark Waid

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Comic book legend Mark Waid has written more than 2,000 comic books and is friends with Stan Lee, but it took a visit to Andrew Scott’s college class this spring for him to finally understand the meaning of “creative powerhouse.”  



1. Victoria Barrett 

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In addition to her work for Engine Books, the fiction press she founded in 2011, this writer-editor-publisher recently completed the forty-second revision of her novel. She may be the best writer in her household, but she’ll need to keep her foot on the gas—husband Andrew Scott is in hot pursuit, as he has been for the last 15 years.

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Writing about an apocalypse goes back centuries, to Ragnarok and the Book of Revelations. The movies love them. War, epidemics, rapid technological change, ecological unbalance, social extremism—all make such a time seem conceivable. We can imagine the fear, the possibilities and the conflicts, and conflicts make good stories.
Patrick Zircher, veteran comics artist

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Once you reach a certain point in your life, I think you figure out where your happiness lies, and mine comes from making things, whether music or stories or whatever else.
Charles Soule, the writer behind Letter 44, Strongman, and many other comics

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From HEMINGWAY ON WRITING

From HEMINGWAY ON WRITING

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