By way of explanation, Kenji writes on his blog:
At the time I was looking for a way out of the way the business had been treating me. Stuck on a imprint that wasn't able to give me the same support I had gotten when I was under it's mother label and trapped in a power struggle between two editors that resulted in me getting kicked down to a third, I'd felt like I'd spent the last three of my five books constantly getting stomped by the powers that be. I also wanted to see if the problems I was having reaching a wide audience had to with my writing or the machine that I worked for.
Does this not sound a bit like Percival Everett's Erasure?
The whole actor-playing-D-at-readings angle reminds me a little of the J.T. Leroy situation, but it's not nearly as sordid. It's not sordid at all. Just a dude frustrated with his place in the publishing industry and taking desperate measures to prove a point. If anything, it's a sort of cheesy little stunt. Kinda funny, I guess. I haven't read his D novel, Got. I had planned to read it when I still thought it was written by a mysterious writer with a letter for a name, but I wasn't in any hurry. I may go out and get it now. Still, I'm not in any hurry. I planned to read Kenji's novel Dark, as Snow--which I enjoyed--is a sequel of sorts to that. Previously, I had trouble getting into Dark and some of his other books, but I'm never above taking a second, third, fourth and fifth stab at books that didn't catch me the first time around. Some of those books end up being my favorites. If I read Got or the sequel Cake, I'll blog about it maybe.
Strange. What do you fools think?