Friday, May 05, 2006

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.

3 comments:

Yang-May Ooi said...

Hi Mitali

You may have seen my take on the Kaavya thing on Metaxu Cafe. I was interested to come across your blog and the links you posted to Asian-Pacific sites. I will certainly check them out.

My blog, Fusion View, is an East/ West view on writing, culture and the arts - drawing on my Chinese-Malaysian heritage and current life in London, UK.

All the best with blogging and writing!

Mitali Perkins said...

Thanks for traveling across the Atlantic to the Fire Escape, Yang-May. Send me a link to your blog and I'd love to check in.

Yang-May Ooi said...

Hi Mitali

My blog is at http://www.fusionview.co.uk. The specific link to the Kaavya item is http://zenguide.typepad.co.uk/fusion_view/2006/05/the_sunday_time.html.

Yang-May Ooi