Pete points out that the litblogs have retained inveterate acronyms for literary folks. I couldn’t agree more with his concerns, particularly when these acronyms often refer to multiple people. In an effort to address this growing concern, here’s a short but by no means comprehensive list:
AL: An author who wins too many awards.
DFW: Any author who has read too much Nabokov. Alternatively loved or hated by the litblog community, depending upon how personally they take footnotes.
E—–: He who shall not be named.
Hitch: Any Fleet Street blowhard who drinks and smokes too much.
Hot Lips: Sam Lipsyte, the somewhat sctaological though entertaining author of Home Land. Earned nickname after repeated brown-nosing by the Believer and Gawker people. Often kisses and tells.
J-Franz: An obscure French author who sometimes finds his way onto book covers. A master of disguise, appearing as either ultimate dork or A-1 hunk. Therapy financed by David Remnick.
JSF: Not specifically pertaining to Jonathan Safran Foer, but any overeager author who sends hundreds of emails to a journalist.
Mary-Rob: A writer who can’t stop writing in epistolary form.
Mitch: Not David Mitchell, but any deity worshipped by literary fanboys.
Roth, David Lee: Any older writer held in critical esteem who can’t stop writing about penises.
Woodman: A filmmaker in decline who enjoys women one sixth his age.