I’ll probably start reading his new book, God Save the Fan, sometime next week and I’ll post a brief review here whenever I get around to finishing it.
Some highlights from the Q&A:
Leitch: I don’t think I’m this brilliant writer. I work hard, I turn my stuff in on time, I’m not a diva, and I think that makes a difference… Honestly, writers are flakes man… When I came to New York I was like ‘no matter what happens, I’m not going to have anyone outwork me.’ If I were like a banker, that might have been hard, but out here, writers are flakes, man.
On Bill Simmons:
WL: I think Simmons is a better writer then I am… I like Simmons, he gets hammered a lot by people on the Web and I think even the people that hammer him have to at a certain level owes him a debt. Frankly, I don’t think he likes that. I think he always feels like ‘look what I have launched.’ I don’t know if he’s a big blog guy… Up until recently he’s been writing three columns a week for like seven years. Inevitably, you’re going to repeat yourself. Inevitably, there are going to be times when you sound like a caricature of yourself… There aren’t many people who I read every single one of their columns, and Simmons is one of them…. He and I used to have a little bit more of a relationship than we do now…but I think the day the commenters all hopped on his site and all started leaving messages, after that I don’t think he liked talking to me anymore.
And of course, the 007 picture: