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The disappearing writer

If you are reading this in a dining hall, look up: do you think you could assemble a list of 5 living writers that the majority of the dining hall would recognize? The list would likely falter after J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. Change the topic to professional athletes, actors, DJs or rappers and you would finish your meal before the list was exhausted. More interesting, make the topic five dead writers and nobody would struggle either.
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