The Ascetic Fetish

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Check out Flavorpill’s list of the 20th Century’s “most reclusive authors.” Is anonymity, as Salinger once said, “a writer’s greatest gift?”  How limiting is the idea that writers are, by definition, hermetic?  It seems that writers who like to promote themselves or entertain at readings tend to get characterized as “showmen” or accused of “glad-handing.”  But isn’t entertainment something we need to remember to strive for?


Daniel Gumbiner is a student at UC Berkeley. He has lived in Chile and Argentina. He blogs with his brother, David, at smartwool.tumblr.com More from this author →