If you ask it, they will answer. Thanks to all of the readers who lent their brains for picking yesterday and this morning, taking on my question about fiction containing fictional fiction/poetry–or better, as one correspondent puts it, “writers writing writers’ writing.” This actually goes to what’s only a minor point in the review I’m writing, but the input was helpful in a few different ways. First, I figured out what was the elephant in the room I was overlooking–it’s apparently The World According to Garp, which was cited by a majority of people who wrote and which I haven’t read but soon will have. Second, I have added several other titles to my Read Me! list. I can’t in good conscience write about any of these in my piece, not having read them, but I can happily put them in the queue. Third, there was simply a lot of good food for thought in the (veritable torrent of) email I received. I’m planning a longer follow-up post, to be written after the review.
When the review appears, I’ll certainly link to it here. In the meantime, thanks to everyone who helped. You guys are so much better than ye olde Google.