1.25.2007

Because She Can

Dear Miss Snark:

I'm sure you've heard about the buzz surrounding Bridie Clark's new book, "Because She Can", which is supposed to be a thinly veiled roman a clef about Judith Regan. What do you think? Do you care to comment? Will you read it? (I already have it reserved with Amazon.com, mostly because I'm so curious about the publishing world - it's a writer's Holy Grail, after all.)

Gin isn't my thing, sorry - I'm a whiskey gal (I've also been known to partake of a little Jose Cuervo when the mood strikes) so I'm raising my Irish Coffee in toast to Your Snarkiness.

Are you nuts? This ms circulated through every agency and publisher in town in pdf form about six months ago. We ALL read it.

I'm pretty much over the thinly disguised harridan boss chicklit novel/memoir/salacious isn't she a bitch book. I'm also really over the assistant as hero motif. REALLY over that.

In other words, this book wasn't my cup of tea. I don't think it's possible to write a good trashy book about publishing cause most of us are pretty boring. We sit around reading all the time, and high adventure is going to the library to hear JM Coetzee read. Yes, I wore my Manolo Blahniks to the event..but still, Page Six was nowhere to be found that night.

17 comments:

Ms Molly said...

"I don't think it's possible to write a good trashy book about publishing cause most of us are pretty boring."

Aw, c'mon. I had a boss (an editor) that threw the phone across her office just as the CEO walked past her door. And there was the day she sat down on the floor in front of my desk and burst into tears because FedEx hadn't delivered a manuscript on time. And *her* boss used to force people to continue conversations in the bathroom with her while she peed. That's kind of interesting. And crazy.

Katie said...

Careful, or you'll start a rumor that Miss Snark = Judith Regan.

I was an assistant for a long time, and I was certainly abused, but by no means heroic.

Killer Yapp said...

the hero is always the dog.

It's a rule.

Bill E. Goat said...

the hero is the goat.

It's a rule

vespa riding thugs said...

all heroes ride vespas...especially if they are dogs or goats.

canwag said...

Thanks Miss Snark! I'll wait until the library gets it.

Katie said...

Winston would hump the goat and ride off on the Vespa. I know it's not on-topic, but it had to be said.

Katie said...

Oh please, Miss Snark. Oh please. Just publish this contentless comment, because my word verf is VSEXIRL.

Dave said...

Oh jeepers Ms Molly,
We had a coworker leave on Friday as a man and return on Monday as a woman.

bebe said...

Yeah, last thing we need is another Lauren Weisberger running around New York/the internet. (Though I did love the movie, in spite of myself).

I've always assumed that the Parker Posey character in You've Got Mail was based on Judith Reagan. That's good enough for me.

Lena Genster said...

I saw some pretty trashy things at Conde Nast. Did some, too, I'm afraid.

srchamberlain said...

Maybe we need an "underling as villain" book. This is sort of what the movie "Shattered Glass" was about, I suppose, but I agree with Miss Snark that the whole underdog, put-upon assistant thing is SO 2003. I for one would pay $24.95 minus the Amazon discount to watch someone stick it to some powerful person's nasty creep of an assistant or "junior editor". An embezzler, maybe? A fraud? A plagiarist?

Anatidaeling said...

Comments that start "I don't think it's possible to write..." send us librarians racing to find the item in our collections that disproves the supposition. How about
_The Bestseller_ by Olivia Goldsmith? (Trashy only in the very best sense of the word.)

Virginia Miss said...

Maybe we need an "underling as villain" book.

ALL ABOUT EVE

Wondering said...

"This ms circulated through every agency and publisher in town in pdf form about six months ago. We ALL read it."

This may be a nitwit question, but I'll ask anyway.

Circulating pdf copies within the author's publishing house and agency is one thing, but once it goes 'outside' (excluding advance copies for reviewers and the like), isn't there a copyright issue?

If everyone concerned wants to sell copies, then why not prevent the ms from getting circulated around town, especially among people who would be more likely to buy it? Is it because it's not practicable to implement?

Or, is this the standard way of generating buzz?

Please enlighten.

Anonymous said...

"If everyone concerned wants to sell copies, then why not prevent the ms from getting circulated around town, especially among people who would be more likely to buy it? Is it because it's not practicable to implement?

Or, is this the standard way of generating buzz?"

um, yes. Also, Wondering, The Devil Wears Prade didn't sell all those copies just to people in the publishing industry. That is a v v small market. The Rest of The World is a large one. Think about it.

bookworm said...

I loved this book—and so did my friends! It’s hilarious. As a group of young assistants, we really related to the main character and all of her trials and tribulations. The awful boss reminds me of so many bosses I’ve worked for in the past. From start to finish, this is a great read.