The Futility of Writer's Envy
Mark Morford comments on the envious climate at Harvard and how that might play into the so-called "righteous" outrage against Kaavya Viswanathan. Jealousy may be endemic in the Ivy League, but this whole incident motivates me to confess and purge the ugliness of it from my own writing life. I'd like to see it erased in the competitive world of rich-and-famous-writer wannabes (wishful thinking?), and especially in the emerging community of South Asian writers in the diaspora -- where I hope any of us can find shelter to lick our wounds, self-inflicted or otherwise.