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 writer. 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 writing, we know it when we see it.