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Early in the year I tried -- no kidding -- to read everything ever written by and about Sarah Palin. It was like the literary equivalent of Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me.
Ghostwriting used to be book publishing's dirty little secret. No more. Today a growing cadre of writers are discovering that checking their ego at the door and telling someone else's story can make them very successful, very rich and, in at least one case, as close to happy as most writers will ever get.
If a Bolaño backlash materializes, it will mark a revolt not against his books, but against a particular narrative being spun about them. With a tendentious but seductive account of the experience The Savage Detectives offers U.S. readers, "Bolaño Inc." provides the perfect cover story for those who can't be bothered to do the reading.
Isn't the erstwhile "Queen of Buzz" part of the problem of dwindling attention spans, rather than part of the solution?