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Thursday, April 30, 2009 2:10 pm
Wimpy wimpy wimpy . . .
Posted by: Ian Chipman

HEFTY HEFTY HEFTY! Diarist of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney lands a spot on TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world list (full list).

Swish! I like to think of lists like this as the 100 people we would shoot into space if there was some sort of, I don’t know, deadly disease sweeping across the planet and we needed to reboot humanity elsewhere. I think Kinney (who appears to be the sole author in our cosmic journey, unless if Krugman counts, or there’s another one hidden among the roughly 50% of the list that I’m unfamiliar with) is a marvelous choice to task with recreating literature from scratch, and someone’s gotta be around to entertain the potential offspring of Rush Limbaugh and M.I.A., (or better yet, The Twitter Guys and The View).

I love that Kinney’s blurb is written by a sixth-grade TIME FOR KIDS reporter (sweet gig, kid). I think there’s a little room on the spaceship for him, too. I don’t love that Joel Stein ranked Kinney at #88:

88. Jeff Kinney: Your Diary of a Wimpy Kid sounds great, but has escaped my attention until now. If it’s good, you’ll be higher next year. If it’s not good, then that’s good news for number 100, Nouriel Roubini.

No room on the spaceship for you, Stein. This does beg the question, though, is it insulting to be ranked dead last on the list of the 100 most influential people? And by someone who isn’t even on the list?

4 Responses to “Wimpy wimpy wimpy . . .”
  1. Laura Says:

    But wait, Kinney is not the sole author on the list. Don’t forget that Ted Kennedy wrote a children’s book about his Portuguese water dog called My Senator and Me. (I wonder if there’s room for pets on the spaceship?)

  2. Ian Says:

    Blast! Forgot about Kennedy. It better not come out that Ted Turner has a children’s book, too…

  3. Keir Says:

    Kinney might be the sole sole author–or does he have a day job? Lots of famous people “write” books; it’s much harder to get famous by writing books.

  4. Cindy Dobrez Says:

    Seems to me it would be equally insulting to make the list due to your popularity as an author but the list maker can’t be bothered to first read your book, half illustrated, that takes an hour to read. Obviously the guy doesn’t spend much time around middle schoolers. Still, I’m thrilled for Kinney to make the list and so are Wimpy fans everywhere.


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