No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” We can probably think of many caveats to Samuel Johnson’s comment (blogging is one, though it can have less tangible benefits).
But when it comes to autobiographies of famous (or even better, infamous) people, the reasons that impel them to write are not always clear and rarely admitted.
So, we took note when Julian Assange declared to a British newspaper that he had signed publishing deals worth at least £1 million for an autobiography, with the explicit intent of covering legal costs in a sexual assault case filed against him and to keep WikiLeaks afloat.
We could praise Assange for being transparent (befitting, no doubt, for the founder of WikiLeaks). Or, we could note the astute strategy behind selling the life story of a man who is an international cause célèbre. Either way, Assange is likely to show that he is no blockhead.