September 11, 2007 by A.C. Rhodes
I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. So why do many writers barely mask schadenfreude when another fails?
Category: Question of the Week
Please give a specific example of this phenomenon, so we know what type of writerly failures interest you.
Examples could be a reaction to someone being hired for a job (then knit-picking over how that person is doing their job), leaving or being terminated from a position, and either not having a book published or the level of which it was received.
I don’t know how many writers will *admit* to wishing ill on other writers, but to a certain extent it’s human nature (I probably wouldn’t trust any writer–or thinking individual–who says otherwise)–probably not that different from secretly applauding when the doofus who landed the job promotion you think should’ve been yours falls flat on his/her face. (Maybe the more apt “Walrus” quote is: “Don’t you think the joker laughs at you?”) Also, most critics are arrogant, so maybe this phenomenon of which you speak is more pronounced among that (our??) species? Anyway, I’m pretty accepting of my failures at this point in life.
What I originally had in mind, I guess, was more contact; like directly & indirectly (read behind one’s back), insulting someone who was hired for a position instead. Or gloating & insulting someone who has just left their job. It can be a comedown if you respected the person or people behaving that way. Internal feelings are a related, but somewhat different, matter. Hee-hee-hee, hoo-hoo-hoo, ha-ha-ha!
Scott — I just cannot get over the fact you employed Stills lyrics. Good on you.
I have no reply (whistles & ducks)
Rock On Richard & A.C.
I’ve never been guilty of this. but then, I’ve never been guilty.
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