I hear people talk from time to time about whether they are insiders or outsiders to the writing/lit scene. Personally, I’m not sure it makes much difference to me one way or another. However, I started thinking about this more because I can’t figure out whether or not I would classify myself as an insider or an outsider to the scene.
I mean, my original degree was not in writing or literature. It was in computer science. Then I got a law degree. I don’t teach at all, much less writing or literature. I don’t work in publishing. None of that.
However, I did get an English Lit degree and an MFA after my computer science and law degrees. I’ve never lived in New York, but I did visit once. I write what I feel is a fairly good number of book reviews and it seems to me that I’m pretty well engaged in the lit/writing scene in a variety of ways.
So…which is it? Am I an insider or an outsider? Or, perhaps, and inoutsider (or outinsider)?
It doesn’t really matter, but I wonder about it sometimes. Of course, I also sometimes wonder why no one has (to my knowledge) ever made jerky flavored cotton candy, so it might be best not to read too much into this.