Werner Herzog once promised fellow documentary maker Errol Morris that he would eat his shoe if Morris ever finished his movie on pet cemeteries, because he found Morris to be incapable of ever finishing his projects. In 1978 Morris finished his film, and Herzog publicly cooked and ate his shoe. Herzog also made a short film about eating his shoe. The name of the film is Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.
John Swartzwelder, a contributor to The Simpsons, liked writing and chainsmoking in a coffee shop so much that when California banned smoking in public places, he simply purchased his regular booth, installed it in his home, and continued his work as if nothing had changed.
Author Phillip Roth attempted to edit a Wikipedia entry for his novel ‘The Human Stain’ because the article misattributed the inspiration for one of his characters. The ‘English Wikipedia Administrator’ told Roth he was not a credible source and that he needed a secondary source.
Legendary author Ray Bradbury was a descendant of Mary Bradbury, who was tried in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
Author Ian McEwan helped his son write his A level English exam about one of his own novels, Enduring Love. The teacher disagreed with his interpretation.
Physics Professor Jack H. Hetherington learned he couldn’t be the sole author on a paper. (because he used words like “we” “our”) Rather than rewriting the paper he added his cat as an author.