The Power of Being Unknown


In the New York Times Book Review, Roger Rosenblatt shares some of the humiliations of being an often unrecognized writer. From poorly attended readings to interviewers who don’t know who he is, Rosenblatt could easily be jaded, but instead, he puts a positive spin on his relative anonymity:

It is much better for a writer to be underrecognized than over, in terms of keeping one’s head down, like the proverbial Japanese nail, so that one might observe the world unhammered and unimpeded.

P.E. Garcia is an Editor-at-Large for the Rumpus and a contributor to HTMLGiant. They currently live in Philadelphia, where they were recently accidentally elected to be Judge of Elections. Find them on Twitter: @AvantGarcia. More from this author →