MENAKER: Well, I think when they’re writers – when they’re actually acting as writers – they tend to be pretty transferential to their editors. You put yourself out on a page, and you’re dealing with one person who has in his or her hands the fate of your manuscript; and you tend to transfer to them. And the writer wants attention. He wouldn’t be – or she – wouldn’t be writing if they didn’t want attention.
MARTIN: So, does the same hold true for you? Do you need attention?
MENAKER: Ah, well, here I am on NPR and…
-Daniel Menaker, author of My Mistake, in an interview with NPR’s Rachel Martin.