The Secret History of the Blurb

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Best part about secrets? Passing them around the interwebs like a gabby detective. Second best? Doesn’t matter if they’re true. (Didn’t Ralph Waldo Emerson admit to the beauty of the lie? And does the mockumentary not stand proud and tall next to its documentary brother?)

Well, mocku our docu because “The Secret History of the Blurb,” featuring blurb wizard Gary Shteyngart and a sampling of the hundred or so authors he’s blurbed, far exceeded our interest in The Truth.

How would we blurb it? “Ho, ho and ho! Insanely funny and terrifically offensive.”

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 — Erika Anderson is one half of the online editorial team at Electric Literature. The other half is here.

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