Sunday, September 27, 2009

Author bios

I found it very difficult the first time I had to write a little puff paragraph about myself. In my case it was for a conference program or web page and not a book, but the principle is the same as when you are writing it for a book, a magazine or an op-ed.

Dan Drezner wonders what it would be like if author bios were honest. I suspect that all of these are actually disguised references to real people but I only picked up two or three. Cass Bunstein, in particular, is not very well disguised, but then it is pretty flattering as well!

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