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how does anyone still have imposter syndrome when ernest kline is getting paid to write books

@inferiorwit back when dan brown was my go-to example of an undeservedly popular hack, i always thought if i could crank out half a dozen d. brown-grade slabs of fiction product and make that kind of bank, i'd do it in heartbeat with no remorse and enjoy my early retirement.

i can't model a similarly chill attitude re: cline's output, which must mean that i'm _more_ annoyed by it than i was by a decade of people telling me how much the da vinci code changed their understanding of history.

@brennen i think the difference there is between a largely inoffensive writer sleepwalking through their career and an incompetent, ignorant writer desperately trying to create a masterpiece

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