Over at Gawker, Doree Shafrir (pictured) played with the common literary habit of nicknaming your friends, creating a “Cheat Sheet to the Secret Nicknames of the Literary Elite.”
Her list included nicknames for Paris Review Fiction Editor Nathaniel Rich, New Yorker writer Ian Frazier, and New Yorker writer Louis Menand.
Stake out your own literary elite nickname in the comments section. If you are stumped for ideas, visit this handy dandy Nickname Generator for inspiration–although you may end up sounding more like a professional wrestler than a writer.
This GalleyCat editor has been stuck with the boring name “Jason” for many years, but just realized that this lack of nickname could be all the stands between him and literary elite status. Here are a few suggestions to get you started: “Boogie,” “J-Dog” or “F. Scott Fitzgerald.”