The Life of a Swedish Writer

Fredrik Backman is an acclaimed bestselling author. He is also the very embodiment of Swedish humor. He was asked to speak at Simon & Schuster's 100th anniversary celebration on the subject of his work life. In a very dry, calm, and understated fashion, he carefully describes the inner workings of a Scandinavian author. There's a lot going on underneath that placid exterior, and it's not all good. His agent gets subliminally roasted for getting him into this predicament, and at one point he has to stop the audience from laughing because it's cutting into his time. Backman is ostensibly trying to encourage other people to begin writing, but to most people it might come across as a horror show. Still, the audience is full of people who are born to write, whether they ever achieve success or not, so they can relate to and even appreciate his revelations.  -via Digg


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