Please, please tell me this is a parody. I’m all for humor, but I can’t take this. Not just the tatted bro with his fixie, but the stuff about how agents are actually nice/necessary and the bromide about how small presses are the best ever, too. Please tell me there aren’t earnest editors behind this.
Now, I can’t speak to this guy’s literary chops, because I haven’t read him; for all I know he’s the next Hazlitt. But he let someone take that photograph and then put it on the cover of a national magazine. Even though P&W is pretty useless (writers don’t need trade rags), this is embarrassing. Here’s hoping Mr. Kaelan keeps his shirt on next time and lets his writing do the talking.