Being a writer myself, I can connect with Cal's struggle. Although I don't handle my writer's block in the *cough* erotic *cough* ways that he does, I really enjoyed his commentary on life in New York. I loved Stewart Church, the law school student/writer, who mistakenly shows Cal his writing. After Stewart is killed in a bike accident, Cal begins living Stewarts "should-have-been" life. He marries his old girlfriend, publishes his book and makes all his money. These strange coincidences in no way whatsoever make the book "dumb" and "unrealistic." This is a great novel and extremely fun and easy to read.