Am I An Outsider Or An Insider On The Writing Scene?

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.

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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