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mernitman

such a good recommendation for such a specific situation.
hey tod (and i'm SURE you've written at length on this topic elsewhere but it's all about me right now, okay?) if i were to start reading tod goldberg this week (instead of starting ulysses, like i'm supposed to), which tod goldberg book should i be reading? youth wants to know.

adam

John Twelve Hawks is, in fact, Dan Brown. Same editor. Secret identity. Huge promotional budget. Different agents, sure, but that's a clever ruse to throw, um, -me- off the scent (as is, of course, all other evidence which might disprove my theory).

Brown's career wasn't doing so well. He and his editor dreamed this up. Da Vinci Code happened. They decided to push this as the Next Big Thing. And they would've gotten away with it, too, if not for those meddling kids ...

David J. Montgomery

I'm beginning to think that Dan Brown is actually hiring people to go around and spread the rumor that he's Hawks. (He's just weird enough to do it!) I keep seeing this pop up on backblogs, even though it's obviously false on the face of it.

tex

Tod,

That's all fine, but did you like the book or not?

Tex

adam

David:

That's all me, actually, on the backblogs: a one-man effort to claim JTH and DB are the same person--despite, as you say, the sheer idiocy of the idea.

I -wish- Brown was paying me. If I had a nickle for every statement of sheer idiocy, I'd buy JK Rowling and get change back.

Harry Hunsicker

In all the articles on this book no one ever mentions the obvious. If the author is truly living off the grid (he allegedly only speaks to his editor and agent using phones with voice scramblers) then how is he getting paid? It's not like a publisher or agency is going to issue a check without a taxpayer's ID of some sort attached.

Tod Goldberg

Billy, I'd start with Living Dead Girl, then I'd purchase several dozen copies of Simplify for friends and neighbors and yourself.

Tex, I did enjoy the book in the same way I enjoy movies like I, Robot: I sat there and thought, "This is the dumbest shit I've ever read," but the pool was full of screaming kids and so I had to focus on something.

David Thayer

Your post makes glad about two things: I don't have a pool and I don't remember anyone since John Smallberries named John.

Jambkie

Does anyone know if copyrights have to be in the author's real name? My memory is that every book I have read where the author uses a pseudonym, his/her real name is on the copyright page, but then, I haven't read every book in the world. John Twelve Hawks is the owner of the copyright.

David J. Montgomery

Copyrights are often under names under than the author, although usually it would be assigned to the publisher or a corporation. (For example, Mike Connelly's books are copyrighted to "Hieronymus, Inc." or something similar.)

If your point is that you think "John Twelve Hawks" is his real name, you should know that his agent, while maintaing that the b.s. cover story is true, admits that the name is fake.

Jambkie

If you go to www.writerswrite.com/writersblog and scroll down a little more than half way, there is an article titled "John Twelve Hawks Living Off the Grid". It is by his editor. He says he doesn't know who he is or even if it's a "he" but that the name is fake, but I'm wondering if that is just "hiding in plain sight". Because, he also says the guy has a 15-year-old car. If he is "off the grid" that means he doesn't have a license, so is he driving illegally? Also, Doubleday has to know who he really is because they must notify the IRS (read, "grid") that they are paying him. Also, he supposedly lives in New York, L.A. and London, three of the biggest cities in the world. He pays rent or has a mortgage (or maybe he lives in his 15-year-old car!) and you need lots of money to live in those places. I don't think it's Dan Brown--their writing is too different, but I don't believe JWH lives "off the grid" either. But, hey, it's selling books.

Jambkie

Oops! I meant JTH, not JWH.

Josiah

You maybe interested in this site Live Off The Grid which explores the implimentation of the ideas in John Twelve Hawks The Traveler.

Cell

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Cell

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