Feel the Envy!
Yes, New York Times Headline Writer, my envy is vast! It contains multitudes! Well, not quite multitudes. More like twenty little sharp needles of bitter, concentrated envy. Why why why New Yorker elitists didn't you pick ME?!? I coulda been a contender! You know I'm out here, because I write to you every week to tell you how wrong you were to never publish a story by David Eddings!
20 Young Writers Earn the Envy of Many Others
Clearly, the only thing your editors appreciate are boring realistic stories about middle-aged professors who have affairs. Like the stories by Daniel Alarcón and Chris Adrian in Best American Fantasy. And Sarah Shun-lien Bynum's Madeleine Is Sleeping. And the title story of Wells Towers's Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned. And all of Karen Russell's stories, certainly. Dirty realists! Nasty rotten winning smug literary brats! Baaaaaaah! (Russell has even been photographed at that Communistic dirty realist gathering, the KGB Fantastic Fiction series!)
Sure, the New Yorker editors say they just want to offer some names of writers they think show a lot of promise for the future, but I know what their real purpose is. It's to torment me! That's why they keep sending me their magazine every week! To show me how much they disdain me!
At least the New York Times headline writer knows the truth, even if she/he didn't mention me by name. I know that headline writer was thinking of me. They always are. It's why I read the Times every morning -- to see what they're saying about me today...