Robert Olen Butler Has Always Been Like This

From the mailbag, regarding our favorite author-being-divorced-for-Ted-Turner:

In graduate school, Ann Beattie used to tell stories about how over-the-top he is. It always strained credibility, because Ann Beattie is similarly over-the-top, and for her to claim that someone else had a big ego just seemed sort of weird. She said that he once silenced the person introducing him at a writers conference by saying, "When you have won the Pulitzer, you no longer require an introduction."
And to think, now he requires an introduction even less .