I love writing for anthologies because it’s easy to hide in an anthology: Inevitably, someone else has written something profoundly superior, and if what I’ve written isn’t that great, it’s no big deal, because readers can just flip to the good stuff. And I get residual bonafides from at least being in the same book.
Today brings the release of Reality Matters, an anthology of essays edited by Anna David about reality television featuring 19 outstanding writers, ranging from Neil Strauss to Neal Pollack to Toby Young to Jerry Stahl to fellow humans-who-have-Tumblrs Mark Lisanti and Rex Sorgatz. There are some truly outstanding contributions — the stories by Lisanti (on Jersey Shore), Strauss, Melissa de la Cruz, Richard Rushfield and Sorgatz are particularly good — that will be helpful to you when you tire of my musings on The Dog Whisperer.
Tonight, Tuesday, I’ll be reading from the book, with Sorgatz and Helaine Olen, at Borders Columbus Circle. It begins at 7 p.m., and here are your details. I’m hoping Sorgatz is late, and I can read from his essay, rather than from my own.