No – I know what you're thinking but I'm not in this set. Not yet. But click through to the images from the link below and prepare to be dazzled.

Here’s a secret: a lot of famous authors are, well, kind of badass. That is, they’re even more badass than you assume, if you’re the kind of person who thinks it’s already fairly cool to be a great . Or maybe they just got caught in some really good light. Either way, here are some extremely badass photos of famous authors, from Joan Didion to Harry Crews. What qualifies as badass for this group of images? Well, just like good , we know it when we see it.

Ah – I really must make an effort to be more disreputable.