In my youth, I read the autobiography of a Jewish comic or humorist in the stacks of Reader’s Digest that I plowed through one summer. I don’t remember who it was — (Update: Sam Levenson, from the October 1973 issue! Thanks, Google!) — but I remember a passage that went like this: “They compared me with Heifetz. ‘A Heifetz he ain’t!'”
That’s kind of how I feel about my writing, especially when Lawrence Block drops a hint about a project that includes this line:
[…] I can tell you that the book will include extraordinary new work by Warren Moore, Joe R. Lansdale, Jill D. Block, Robert Olen Butler, and Joyce Carol Oates. And I’ve written a story myself, but it would hardly be meet for me to contend that it’s extraordinary.
That’s some pretty rarefied air, and it feels weird seeing my name in that list. More info as it develops, and in the meantime, check Larry’s blog for all sorts of neat stuff.