"Put the book down slowly and back away."
My pal Edward Readicker-Henderson was counseling me by e-mail. I'd just written him in a panic. I'd read two paragraphs of Craig's autographed copy of Eat Pray Love, the bestseller by Elizabeth Gilbert, when I wrote him that this book was WAY too much like my next book.
It's starts out with divorce, then an affair, then depression, then a global search for recovery.
"Um, I don't like where this is going. The situation in Uganda wasn't a divorce but it was the same idea, but with us running from a hippopotomus the next day, and then I found refuge in making comic books in Kuwait."
I read a few more chapters. The writer is funny, clever, honest. "How will I ever match this?" I e-wailed.
"Stop reading now, until you've finished your own book. PUT IT DOWN."
I'll read Lonely Planet Egypt again instead.