I know I said I was done, but I lied.
Michael Bazeley wrote a piece on the Plain Layne saga for the San Jose Mercury News yesterday. Bazeley had a phone interview with the author, Odin Soli, and quotes several of the main players in this aftermath. I like the subline: Saga rivals TV soap operas for intrigue.
I buy most everything Soli says except:
“I still have a difficult time seeing the suspension of belief that was required' for people to think Layne was real,” Soli said.
That's a nice way of saying, “My readers were gullible stooges.” Whatever you or I think of Mr. Soli's prose and ability to act the character he created, his handling of this two-week long epilogue bears all the marks of his alter ego Layne Johnson's socially awkward and self-centered style.
Mitch Berg's long and well thought out post concludes thus:
Best of wishes to Odin, and to all of you that've followed the saga from the beginning. There's a few lessons to be learned here, and “trust nobody online” is only the easiest of them.
reference: Plain Layne