All the things
Have you seen the size of this thing? It's over 1300 pages long. That is more that the first three Harry Potter books put together. Which I also haven't read.
I remember how exciting it was to read The Talented Mr. Ripley some years ago. This isn't about that.
It's a book about a writer, so you know it's going to be a lousy story because writers, by definition and by inclination, are self-obsessed boring people.
L. Frank Baum worried that his first name, Lyman, made him sound untrustworthy and chose instead to use his "more honest sounding" middle name.