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Why do writers always look so smug in photos?

Mainly critically acclaimed fiction authors. But a lot of journalists too. Every time I see a photo of them they look so smug and self satisfied. Like they are party to some secret that only they know. The better reviewed they are the smugger they look. It's one of the reasons I don't look at the back cover of books. I know the authors face will make me hate them.

by Anonymousreply 5508/01/2020

Michael Chabon, waiting for you to weigh in on this

by Anonymousreply 107/30/2020

Jean Shepherd always wore a disguise in his photo. I guess he didn't want people running up to him in the grocery store.

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by Anonymousreply 207/30/2020

Jonathan Lethem, any thoughts? I know you're on here.

by Anonymousreply 307/30/2020

Judith Krantz made an effort to appear fetching.

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by Anonymousreply 407/30/2020

David Leavitt, you've been practicing your smug author photo poses since the age of 15. Let's hear it.

by Anonymousreply 507/30/2020

I wouldn't say Joyce Carol Oates looks smug on the inside of her book covers -- although she does resemble a Tim Burton character.

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by Anonymousreply 607/30/2020

I don't know what you mean

by Anonymousreply 707/30/2020

Writers and journalists have a similar mentality to academic types--they know more than you in their particular subject, therefore, they know more than you about everryyyythihng.

by Anonymousreply 807/30/2020

Jonathan Franzen has a classic smug writers face. So does Laura Lippman. Joan Didion looks like she's desperately trying to avoid looking smug by looking overly solemn.

by Anonymousreply 907/31/2020

Weird you mention that as I was just reading this guy's article, and thought "what a smug douche" with that fucking smirk. He's the political editor at Esquire.

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by Anonymousreply 1007/31/2020

Actually, r10, he looks like a stroke victim.

by Anonymousreply 1107/31/2020

R11 LOL!

by Anonymousreply 1207/31/2020

R10 he looks like a guy I used to fuck. Great fuck, but a smug douche indeed.

by Anonymousreply 1307/31/2020

It’s like rock bands looking morose on album covers.

by Anonymousreply 1407/31/2020

It's like tv preachers with slicked hair and big, white teeth.

by Anonymousreply 1507/31/2020

Are you SURE that's not him R13?? My gaydar is pretty good I must say and it goes off in that pic. Something about the hair....

by Anonymousreply 1607/31/2020

R10 Oh dear. That one of the worst cases of smug face I've ever seen.

by Anonymousreply 1707/31/2020

Photo of Stephen King. I heard he really is a jerk although I would recommend his "On Writing" book.

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by Anonymousreply 1807/31/2020

[quote][R10] Oh dear. That one of the worst cases of smug face I've ever seen.

Not to mention you don't wear button-down shirts with tweed jackets. It's just not done.

by Anonymousreply 1907/31/2020

Not to make this a tweed jacket thread R19, but if not button down shirts, then what?

by Anonymousreply 2007/31/2020

R20, bare chest. Always a bare chest with a tweed jacket.

by Anonymousreply 2107/31/2020

This was the closest I could find to illustrate bare chest and tweed jacket.

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by Anonymousreply 2207/31/2020

[quote]Not to make this a tweed jacket thread [R19], but if not button down shirts, then what?

A simple poplin shirt with a matching vest or sweater is nice. For a more casual look, a turtle neck.

Tweed is country "smart" dress for the horsey set and a weekend in the country. Button downs are more for the intellectual/collegiate set. The two styles don't mix.

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by Anonymousreply 2307/31/2020

LOL and now it's a tweed jacket thread! Sorry OP!

by Anonymousreply 2407/31/2020

Artists and those who call themselves artists are the same. I saw one today and thought why can't she just smile?

by Anonymousreply 2507/31/2020

Smug with cigarette.

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by Anonymousreply 2607/31/2020

Does Fran Lebowitz count?

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by Anonymousreply 2707/31/2020

Smug? My photo positively radiates supreme intelligence, cool confidence, delectable Italian cooking skills and sexual magnetism. Kaye Scarpetta wishes she were me.

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by Anonymousreply 2807/31/2020

R16, no. This guy doesn't have a creative bone in his body and got into the medical profession simply because it's the same thing his dad did. No idea why he thought he had the right to be so smug, but maybe it was his big dick.

by Anonymousreply 2908/01/2020

Dominick Dunne.

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by Anonymousreply 3008/01/2020

The execrable Norman "I ain't no typical sissy writer" Mailer.

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by Anonymousreply 3108/01/2020

It's worse when they have a beard, glasses and especially a pipe... and why do they always rest their chin on their hand?

by Anonymousreply 3208/01/2020

r8, wrong. Academic types and writers usually know a lot in wide array of topics. That drives other people crazy, who usually are just an expert in 1 or 2 things. Triters look smug because they know don't know everything but they also know they are smarter enough to be well read and not so easily buy into crazy conspiracy theories or shun something they don't understand.

You're welcome.

by Anonymousreply 3308/01/2020

Julian Jaynes

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by Anonymousreply 3408/01/2020

[quote] wrong. Academic types and writers usually know a lot in wide array of topics

Not if they are in the fields of racial or gender studies.

by Anonymousreply 3508/01/2020

Though he no longer looks like this of course, Mr. Ellis is the master of the smug/pompous look.

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by Anonymousreply 3608/01/2020

Few authors are iconic enough to deserve jacket photos.

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by Anonymousreply 3708/01/2020

R31, I literally laughed out loud at that photo of Norman Mailer and his "lady friend." Books on the table, rocks glass in hand (other hand on lady friend's ass). Is that a typewriter next to lady friend's hip?

by Anonymousreply 3808/01/2020

Phillip Roth.

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by Anonymousreply 3908/01/2020

JD Salinger.

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by Anonymousreply 4008/01/2020

Anne Tyler. Was hard to find a smug photo of her. (Full disclosure: fan of her books.)

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by Anonymousreply 4108/01/2020

Joan Didion.

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by Anonymousreply 4208/01/2020

Joan Didion is insufferable in EVERY context.

by Anonymousreply 4308/01/2020

Woodward and Bernstein. Hard at work, sleeves not rolled-up, neckties loosened, but still tied.

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by Anonymousreply 4408/01/2020

Joan Didion, again. I know some DL people love physical books, but I fucking hate seeing bookshelves like this (except for libraries).

Even the desk looks pompous. Above, I recommended Stephen King's "On Writing" book. He wrote about realizing he was an alcoholic (by the volume of beer bottles in his recycling bins). He also wrote about how his writing office was pompous, with a huge desk the size of ship, going nowhere as he sat there drunk. When he stopped drinking, he replaced his desk with something smaller.

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by Anonymousreply 4508/01/2020

Because they’re smarter and more disciplined than us, and they know that we know it.

by Anonymousreply 4608/01/2020

I wrote a book and got paid for it. A LOT. You didn’t, and so you had to *pay* just to read my book and my thoughts. Ha ha.

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by Anonymousreply 4708/01/2020

The chin in the hand is to hide the week chin and saggy neck.

You can’t color all writers and academics in one broad stroke.

by Anonymousreply 4808/01/2020

I thought it was an extension of the "philosopher stroking his beard"/Rodan's [italic]Thinker [italic/] pose.

by Anonymousreply 4908/01/2020

Jonathan Franzen. Ugh.

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by Anonymousreply 5008/01/2020

OP? You're projecting, dear.

by Anonymousreply 5108/01/2020

R42 makes Didion look vulnerable and empathetic. This captures her detached iciness much better.

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by Anonymousreply 5208/01/2020

OP you are totally right -- I was about to read a book the other day until I saw the author's photo and realized if I wouldn't ever want to meet this guy, why would I want to read his book?

by Anonymousreply 5308/01/2020

JK Rowling.

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by Anonymousreply 5408/01/2020

Fuck you, OP. I'm charming.

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