"The author is indebted to Tad Friend, whose reportage for the New Yorker suggested several of this story's daffier turns of phrase."This raised several questions in my mind: Is reportage like reporting, but with phrases just tuned to a more daffy frequency? Is it presumptuous for an author to declare he has truly achieved daffiness in his prose, or should it be left for others to judge? And finally, were lawyers involved in this acknowledgement?
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Enough already: Isn't this acknowledgement thing sort of getting out of hand?
This weekend I picked up from the library's new fiction shelf "Best New American Voices 2008: Fresh Fiction from the Top Writing Programs," edited by Richard Bausch. I was browsing the bios at the back when I came across this statement of indebtedness by author and NYU MFA Garth Risk Hallberg in connection with his short story, "Early Humans."