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Real Housewives of MFA - Bad Art Friend III

The second thread is paywalled so only subscribers can post, so here's a thread for the poors (hmm...feeling like a Dawn right now) and for when that one is full.

As if this story isn't sad enough, there's this:

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by Anonymousreply 282October 23, 2021 8:24 PM

Also this is a good thread (that goes into greater depth about a subject one of the NYT commenters made quite well and more succinctly):

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by Anonymousreply 1October 13, 2021 3:02 PM

I've been reading up more on this bitchy queen (who, I hate to admit, I would think is cute under normal circumstances). This is actually a nice piece, that nicely hides what an asshole he is.

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by Anonymousreply 2October 13, 2021 3:10 PM

Hmmm... Does he really know what truth is?

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by Anonymousreply 3October 13, 2021 3:11 PM

For those keeping track of the Flying Monkeys and wondering which ones to put on your DNR (Do Nor Read) List, this is a good guide.

No surprise, Castellani is there.

Article is a good recap of all the bitchiness of these creeps

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by Anonymousreply 4October 13, 2021 3:28 PM

Do Not Read, obviously

by Anonymousreply 5October 13, 2021 3:29 PM

Wow. Christopher Castellini is insufferably twee. "Our dramatic parlor-level South End dwelling!" "I shan't pray for anything more!" Get the fuck out of here.

And the picture of the "Grubbies" preparing for the event includes Sonya Larson and Chunky Monkey Whitney Scharer. What a circle jerk this whole scene is.

by Anonymousreply 6October 13, 2021 3:41 PM

damn, Castellani is real asshole

" My mission in life is going to be to exact revenge on this pestilence of a person [re: Dawn Dorland]." Larson vs. Dorland Perry, Document 107-11 [Filed 03/15/21]

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by Anonymousreply 7October 13, 2021 3:50 PM

Grub Street has declared its intention to launch an independent investigation of this mess. Wonder if they’ll end up expelling or firing anyone.

by Anonymousreply 8October 13, 2021 3:55 PM

Wow, already greyed. Maybe Castellani *is* on DL.

by Anonymousreply 9October 13, 2021 4:02 PM

they'll do the same thing they did about Dorland's complaint of plagiarism.....zilch

.."nothing to see here"

by Anonymousreply 10October 13, 2021 4:02 PM

I hope Dawn finishes her book and it becomes a huge hit. Nothing would infuriate the Monkeys more.

by Anonymousreply 11October 13, 2021 4:03 PM

Sonya’s friends really did not help her here. She was clearly (rightly IMO) concerned at many junctures, seeking validation, in and they encouraged her worst impulses. Many lessons here, one of them being if your own inner voice is telling you something is wrong, best to listen.

by Anonymousreply 12October 13, 2021 4:05 PM

Did any of the Flying Monkeys know Dorland well, besides Larson who got up her ass for nefarious purposes?

I suspect that most of the Monkeys didn't, and got based their opinions of Dorland on Larson's bad-mouthing and complaints of being harassed.

by Anonymousreply 13October 13, 2021 4:06 PM

Wow - Christopher Castellani comes off as a major asshole and kind of a psycho.

Of note: Matthew Lopez, author of “The Inheritance” which just won the Tony award for Best Play, is adapting Castellani’s book “Leading Men” for the screen. I don’t think Lopez wants to be associated with this mess so it will be interesting to see where that project goes now.

by Anonymousreply 14October 13, 2021 4:17 PM

When I started getting into this, I was under the impression Sonya was the biggest cunt, but she pales in comparison to the rest of her friends!

by Anonymousreply 15October 13, 2021 4:21 PM

None of Castellani’s books have even received a starred review from Kirkus.

by Anonymousreply 16October 13, 2021 4:23 PM

actually I read "Leading Men" when it came out and rather liked it, though I like fictionalized accounts of real people (Colum Toibin's books on Henry James and Thomas Mann).

Was looking forward to the movie, but Castellani is now dead to me and hope the project craters.

by Anonymousreply 17October 13, 2021 4:24 PM

Lopez was most recently announced as directing "Red, White and Royal Blue" (bleh), so he's probably focused on that now. Leading Men was also noted in the announcement articles, but he can either dump it, or wait for the furor to die down.

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by Anonymousreply 18October 13, 2021 4:29 PM

Leading Men got a very nice review from the NYT:

"This book is a kind of poem in praise of pleasure, and those pleasures are sometimes stern. Its author knows a great deal about life; better, he knows how to express what he knows."

"But this is an alert, serious, sweeping novel. To hold it in your hands is like holding, to crib a line from Castellani, a front-row opera ticket"

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by Anonymousreply 19October 13, 2021 4:29 PM

Hi, Christopher at R19!

by Anonymousreply 20October 13, 2021 4:34 PM

sorry you're triggered by inconvenient facts...

by Anonymousreply 21October 13, 2021 4:35 PM

[quote]Larson who got up her ass

Pics please.

by Anonymousreply 22October 13, 2021 4:40 PM

R1 Larson, Ng, Gay, and Dorland are all upper class whether they identify as such or not. They are all ivy league educated and that puts them in the sacred sphere of the US elite media. Would the NYT have cared if Dorland wasn't a Harvard grad? I don't think so. Dorland's only relative poverty is that of identity. She's white and not as successful. Notice how Larson, Ng ,and Gay have all doubled down on the racial angle because in 2021 the weakest identities (black, handicapped, indigenous female, immigrant, fat) confer the most social gravitas in elite institutions.

Dorland is also trying to play the oppression game by using mental health, poverty and some vague notion of growing up abused. The chunky monkeys simply have a better default hand in today's social climate but Dorland's trump card is that she actually saved someone's life. In the end the whole game is corrupt. The clawing and climbing and competitive victimhood is a game that everyone will ultimately lose. It's bad for the soul and bad for society. Can you imagine any of these women surviving a day being plumbers, electricians, nurses, cashiers, construction workers, etc. ?

by Anonymousreply 23October 13, 2021 4:59 PM

R4, I appreciated the part where someone compared Dorland to Trump, and everyone squealed in delight. Such brilliance . . .

by Anonymousreply 24October 13, 2021 5:06 PM

r23, congratulations on not understanding those posts. If you really think someone who grew up dirt-poor in Iowa (even if they did finally manage to attend Harvard Divinity School) has the same social experiences as these women who grew up upper middle class (or higher) and would be as adept at navigating the social game, then you simply don't get it.

by Anonymousreply 25October 13, 2021 5:06 PM

R7 He needs a smack for "complete-est" alone. What an insufferable douche. Reading these emails I feel like a peasant taking a peek into Versailles. These are not normal well adjusted people.

by Anonymousreply 26October 13, 2021 5:14 PM

Dawn’s victim cards are arguably as good as theirs. And her politics are correct, so they can’t go after her there. I think she holds two trump cards, at least in terms of public opinion: being a donor, and now the wronged party, morally and perhaps legally.

by Anonymousreply 27October 13, 2021 5:16 PM

R25 Harvard is the get out of lower class card. Harvard on a resume makes Dorland is more privileged than 99% of Americans. As I said in my post, she's relatively poor compared to Ng and Larson, and but she's still extremely privileged compared to the vast majority of people. That's why this story has not caught on with the general public but has exploded in elite circles. Most people do not identify with either Dorland or Larson.

by Anonymousreply 28October 13, 2021 5:18 PM

Every human being is shaped by their past experiences. Having money in the present doesn't mean you don't carry the scars of having grown up without any, and having that impact your actions and motivations deep down today.

by Anonymousreply 29October 13, 2021 5:23 PM

R29 Ok, but Dawn is still not a single mother with a GED struggling RIGHT NOW. From an outside point of view all of this squabbling looks pointless, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

by Anonymousreply 30October 13, 2021 5:25 PM

R28 I would say the story is pretty main stream when you consider its topic and subjects. I don’t think its fair to say it isn’t resonating with people because of Harvard and people not being relatable. It is just a nitche story and you probably need to be in the demographics of the NYT to appreciate it. All the NYT readers I know are fully engaged in it.

by Anonymousreply 31October 13, 2021 5:44 PM

Who benefits from these "this is all meaningless, Dorland is so privileged, you shouldn't pay attention to this" postings? The Flying Monkeys, of course.

by Anonymousreply 32October 13, 2021 5:57 PM

R32 this post proves you can't read

They are all privileged and they are all out of touch assholes, but Dorland is only slightly less of an out of touch asshole than the others.

by Anonymousreply 33October 13, 2021 6:04 PM

The article at R4 is probably the best one I have read on the subject at capturing how actual people feel about this issue and not just a few out of touch writers on Twitter.

by Anonymousreply 34October 13, 2021 6:10 PM

R33 I would say Dorland is SIGNIFICANTLY less out of touch than the Chunky Monkeys.

by Anonymousreply 35October 13, 2021 6:12 PM

Yet, R33, you keep making my point. "They are all privileged assholes," there's really little difference, etc. It's an argument that supports Larson by dismissing Dorland as "only slightly less" trivial. The underlying message is "ignore all of this."

by Anonymousreply 36October 13, 2021 6:26 PM

R36 no, you keep missing my point, which is that we should not ignore how fucked up everyone in this story is. Everyone involved here should be damned to hell.

by Anonymousreply 37October 13, 2021 6:30 PM

R37 there are some who are much more deservingly damned to hell than others.

Celeste and her mediocre crew are vicious and venal.

Dawn is….annoying in person?

Who really belongs in hell? The chunky monkey assholes.

Bye Chris ✌️.

by Anonymousreply 38October 13, 2021 6:49 PM

R30, I only partially agree. The social media stalking of everyone involved certainly seems pointless, but feuds involving writers will always be interesting, whether they are engaging in fisticuffs or insulting each other through their writing. It is an unwritten rule, though, that both parties are able to give as good as they get and to fight from a position of equality. These people broke a code that exposes their pretensions to art. Dawn Dorland may be unpleasant, she's probably not a good writer, it doesn't matter. She was right, the others are frauds.

by Anonymousreply 39October 13, 2021 7:00 PM

R15, It appears they are a toxic coven of cunts. Self righteous, clueless, and classist. What a nasty group of people.

by Anonymousreply 40October 13, 2021 7:08 PM

R37 Why should Dawn be damned to hell? What did she do wrong?

by Anonymousreply 41October 13, 2021 7:31 PM

Thanks for starting up the new thread, OP, since I've too, been locked out of the second one (that I started haha).

On the previous one R463 said they hoped the Chunky Monkey's found out about our Murder, She Wrote double episode here, haha. I actually kinda wanna write it. I wrote a number of pieces of dialogue in the previous thread, but I'll be honest, I've never actually seen an episode properly, I was just basing it off what I thought it would be like. But it'd be funny to write.

Then, would that make me the Sonya Larson of DL? Hahahaha.

R15, I know, right? She almost comes across like the one desperate to do this to fit in with the other horrible members at places.

by Anonymousreply 42October 13, 2021 7:33 PM

Roaxne's doubling down:

[quotePeople are wilding out. They’ve made this a whole conspiracy where if you commented on a public discourse based on available information, alongside thousands of other people, you are involved. It’s ridiculous.

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by Anonymousreply 43October 13, 2021 8:10 PM

Sorry, let's try that one again:

ROXANE is doubling down:

[quote]People are wilding out. They’ve made this a whole conspiracy where if you commented on a public discourse based on available information, alongside thousands of other people, you are involved. It’s ridiculous.

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by Anonymousreply 44October 13, 2021 8:11 PM

Has Roxane never heard of 'appeal to emotion':

[quote]Zac. I don’t care about this. I really don’t. My mom is in the hospital today. My puppy won’t eat. It’s cold. I am drowning in life. I don’t know these people. This isn’t about me or you for that matter. And a great many of you are being so grossly disingenuous.

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by Anonymousreply 45October 13, 2021 8:12 PM

Ooh, she's brought out big words now!

[quote]I am a writer. My job is to write. That’s it. I am not an elected official. I don’t owe you or anyone any more than my work. I am not your mammy. Please get ahold of your parasocial misunderstandings.

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by Anonymousreply 46October 13, 2021 8:13 PM

I think there's a good summing up here:

SHINICHI: They frame it on “white woman tears” even after that idea falls apart. It’s like they ran with Roxanne Gay’s initial tweet about Bad Art Friend.

BECCA: At this point, I find myself wondering if the people supporting that framework think ww are ever allowed to be upset by being treated awfully

SHINICHI: I think this shows that something that started out in academic discourse has become more of a straw man & ad hominem as the concept became more mainstream. For example, Roxanne Gay doesn’t even need much context when she wields the term WWTs… it’s a quick go-to rhetorically. It’s also difficult to criticize as many assume to do so automatically makes you a right-winger. Because no one on the left would ever dare look at these things critically yet it needs to be done.

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by Anonymousreply 47October 13, 2021 8:18 PM

Roxane “doesn’t know these people”? Didn’t they just give her an award last month?

by Anonymousreply 48October 13, 2021 8:35 PM

R48 And she waddled in the shit in the first place. She decided to tweet about it, and now she is confused that people are holding her accountable.

by Anonymousreply 49October 13, 2021 8:48 PM

R41 She's playing the same game and Larson and Ng. It's all performative victimhood to a certain extent, even if wrongs have been committed against her. As someone said last thread, there were multiple points along the way where this whole thing could have been stopped. Each party did their job to escalate the situation. Larson and the Cunty Monkies come off looking worse, but Dorland's behavior became out of control and stalkerish. Even with all this new info about the Cunty Monkies and their whisper circle, Dorland still comes off as an entitled Krisis Karen.

by Anonymousreply 50October 13, 2021 9:00 PM

Today, Gay is portraying herself as just a humble writer with her own humble problems. Just like Ng is doing her "diapers for Afghanistan" charity work. Nothin' to see here, folks...

Duplicitious cunts.

by Anonymousreply 51October 13, 2021 9:02 PM

Love how RG throws out the mom being sick thing. In other words, how dare anyone try to hold her accountable when she’s suffering.

by Anonymousreply 52October 13, 2021 9:05 PM

Well, RG’s mom IS sick…

by Anonymousreply 53October 13, 2021 9:17 PM

Way to throw extremely loaded words into the mix, Roxanne, like MAMMY. What are you saying? Ugh. If I had a twitter account, I would probably be throwing myself against the rocks of her phony scorn.

by Anonymousreply 54October 13, 2021 9:46 PM

I think the judge should rule against Larson in the plagiarism civil case and award damages to Dorland in the amount of $1.

by Anonymousreply 55October 13, 2021 10:04 PM

R50 Yes, because every time a woman sticks up for herself she is a Karen.

We are already three threads into this topic. The idea that Dorland was cyber stalking people has been dismissed. She only ever asked Larson why she wasn’t responding in the group because she thought it was weird that Larson was lurking in the group and not posting, and was worried she was being used as fodder, which she was. The idea that she was an attention seeker was also disproven because she added only 68 people to her kidney group. That is pretty small and no way to brag online. And, she tried to make the issue go away. She reached out to Larson, and she was dismissed. She brought up the harassment to Grubhub or whatever the stupid writing seminar was and they dismissed her claim (because Larson’s friend was on the investigation panel). She only got the law involved when Larson sued her!

So please, tell us, in your infinite wisdom what Dorland did wrong besides footing her foot down to the bullying.

by Anonymousreply 56October 13, 2021 10:25 PM

If Roxane worked as hard on her mental health as she does on her lovely facile prose, she wouldn't weight 400 pounds.

by Anonymousreply 57October 13, 2021 10:37 PM

r56, well said. That's the part that I keep getting stuck on. Dorland had over a thousand FB friends, but she created a group of less than 100 she considered close friends to share her experiences with. Yet some people keep screaming that she's a narcissist. Um...wouldn't a narcissist not bother with a small group and post her news to all her FB friends, instead of limiting it to a small group of people she informed from the start could unfollow if they weren't interested and she would understand? Awfully inefficient for a "narcissist."

by Anonymousreply 58October 13, 2021 10:37 PM


Exactly. But she's made a career out of it now, so don't come for the piggy bank whatever you do.

by Anonymousreply 59October 13, 2021 10:37 PM

My mission in life is going to be to exact revenge on this pestilence OP of a person who started this thread way too early and failed to link part 2.

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by Anonymousreply 60October 13, 2021 10:39 PM

Come and get me, r60. Hardly too early when the other is paywalled.

(But you're right, I should have linked to the last one. My bad.)

by Anonymousreply 61October 13, 2021 10:41 PM

It's funny how, directly before he declared his mission re: pestilence, he wrote, ""I can't wait to write my own response if this ever gets out into the world." Yet he hasn't said anything since this all broke and locked down his social media accounts. It seems Mr. Castellani talks a big game but is ultimately just chickenshit, like so many bullies. (Or else he's saving it for his group chats with the Monkeys.)

by Anonymousreply 62October 13, 2021 10:47 PM

“Karen” is a racist (and lower-class) term.

Any Black person who continues to use this term— please be aware no one is taking seriously anything you have to say about “racism.”

by Anonymousreply 63October 13, 2021 10:51 PM

"... you keep missing my point, which is that we should not ignore how fucked up everyone in this story :"

I don't get that Dorland is actually that fucked up. The Flying Monkey crew call her narcissistic and crazy, but her actions and expressed thoughts don't bear that out. She seems to be sane, her actions are those of a decent person, none of the obsessives going through the oublic documents or everyone's social media has uncovered any mean or crazy writings of hers, she has not attacked anyone who didn't stab her in the back first.

It's not exactly Dorothy Gale vs. the Wicked Witch and her Flying Monkeys, but it's pretty clear that Dorland has the legal and moral high ground.


by Anonymousreply 64October 13, 2021 10:54 PM

The idiot going on about how they're all social equals understands nothing about social class. FYI, idiot, a Harvard degree doesn't automatically make you upper or upper-middle class, at least, not to people who've been upper or upper-middle class all their lives. All the Flying Monkey communications reek of "Not our crowd, darling" social class snobbery, in addition to fashionable reverse snobbery against "privileged" white women, everything they write about her is dismissive of her and hostile to the notion of letting someone like *her* join their rarified circle, she is deemed intellectually and socially unworthy, of use only as an object of cold study.

I had an older relative who came from working-class origins and went to Harvard, it didn't magically make him a member of the upper class, as the upper class didn't accept him as one of them and didn't help him along the way they helped their own. The Harvard degree made him a member of the middle class and sent him on his way to a moderately successful career, but then those of his siblings who went to state schools also made it into the professional middle class. He actually spent most of his life struggling with a sense of disappointment and frustration, because that Harvard degree had raised expectations that were never fulfilled, socially or professionally. No, getting into Harvard doesn't get you into the upper classes, it looks good on your CV, but it doesn't mean that the Best People regard you as an equal.

by Anonymousreply 65October 13, 2021 11:08 PM

No, R50, she doesn't.

by Anonymousreply 66October 13, 2021 11:09 PM

Poor Roxane is EXHAUSTED by this whole thing now. She's discovered that she is on the wrong side of this mess so she's playing her own pity cards when she could have simply chosen not to dip her fat hippo toes into these waters in the first place.

by Anonymousreply 67October 13, 2021 11:29 PM

on July 8th, someone posted this article about the real-life inspiration for the now-famous New Yorker short story “Cat Person” on Christopher Castellani’s Facebook wall, specifically asking him how he felt about fiction writers “using” real people for characters in their work.

Christopher’s comment was: “I say TL; DR. Everyone’s life is fair game. Deal with it. If you can’t deal with it, don’t be friends with writers.”

Interesting response knowing what he knew at that point about the Sonya/Dawn feud (which was pretty much everything).

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by Anonymousreply 68October 13, 2021 11:33 PM

r68, he should have added "don't be enemies, or acquaintances, with writers either," since these people have made it clear they never considered her a friend.

by Anonymousreply 69October 13, 2021 11:41 PM

"Christopher’s comment was: “I say TL; DR. Everyone’s life is fair game. Deal with it. If you can’t deal with it, don’t be friends with writers.”"

Thank you, R36, that answers one of the questions I've had all along about this silly mess - how tolerant the Flying Monkey crowd was with plagiarism, and/or writing about real people and calling it "fiction". It seems that at least one of them is so fine with it that he's willing to go public about it, and I'm going to guess that acceptance of Lawson's practices is accepted on the MFA writing scene, and wouldn't I like to be a fly on the wall when it sinks in that the general public is against it all!

If anyone here knows Christopher Castellani, ask him to write the full "Murder She Wrote" episode, or the roman a clef dark comedy novel that has to happen. He seems to be enough of a bitch.

by Anonymousreply 70October 13, 2021 11:41 PM

Gotta love people telling awful Celeste directly that she's a liar (after Kolker said today the story wasn't a result of Dawn pitching it to him).

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by Anonymousreply 71October 13, 2021 11:46 PM

R70, there are two issues here: whether a writer can be “inspired” by a person or an incident in someone else’s life and whether a writer can use a letter written by someone else in a work of fiction. The first is something writers do all the time and can be distasteful but not illegal. The second, however, can be plagiarism, and isn’t something a serious writer would do, since it suggests a lack of imagination.

by Anonymousreply 72October 14, 2021 12:07 AM

There's actually a 3rd issue here, R72, in addition to frank plagiarism and being inspired by real life... there's also writing about real people in ways that are hurtful or harmful, and calling it "fiction". The last is legally complex, it maybe libel and actionable, or it may be parody and protected, or neither.

And that's what Lawson did, wrote about a real person in a hurtful way, without bothering to disguise it. That's a separate issue from the frank plagiarism, and it's something the Flying Monkeys apoarently accept and defend, and which the general public finds repellent. And IMHO it's not only repellent, it's fucking lazy, passing crap biased non-fiction off as fiction. Anyone who does it needs to find something better to do with their lives.

by Anonymousreply 73October 14, 2021 12:36 AM

Thank you kindly for the new thread, O fucking P.

by Anonymousreply 74October 14, 2021 1:55 AM

"Kindly?" Ouch, r74, you do know how to wound. **sobs**

by Anonymousreply 75October 14, 2021 2:52 AM

[quote]Kolker said today the story wasn't a result of Dawn pitching it to him

A lot of what they've said about Dawn has turned out to be lies.

Kolker finally admitting the story wasn't written because Dawn pitched it to him is fine, I guess, but he has a lot of responsibility here for essentially lying about Dawn himself, characterizing some of her behavior in ways that are so far off the mark they are basically lies, not just "a different perspective."

by Anonymousreply 76October 14, 2021 4:03 AM

R65 Your post is extremely myopic and I doubt you actually any poor people. Poor and middle class people do not care about this shit. If you cannot recognize that, you live in a bubble yourself. NYT commenters are not normal, average people. They are the 5%. Your friend might view himself as under- privileged, but he is not. He had a better shot at life than 99.99% alive in thei world. Being a Harvard grad that is disappointed is not the fucking same as being a high school drop out who was raised in a trailer park and can't put food on the table with a minimum wage job.

by Anonymousreply 77October 14, 2021 5:22 AM

You are reinforcing one of my points, R77, and it's this: There's a hell of a difference between what ordinary schmoes like you and me consider to be upper class, and what people who were born to the upper class consider to be upper class. The same goes for any privileged group, including snob writers with Ivy League arts degrees.

So Dorland and Lawson may look like social equals to you, but they didn't look like social equals to Lawson and her snooty pals.

by Anonymousreply 78October 14, 2021 5:36 AM

R78 ...which makes neither of them real victims worthy of 3000 words in the New York Times. Much greater injustices are happening in the world and this looks like a storm in a teacup compared to those. The exhaustive arguments among the twiterati and literatti over this just proves how insular and removed from 'normal people problems' cultural elites are. Frankly I really don't give a shit about Larson or Dorland, who in the end have pretty great lives. Neither of them have to worry about money, really. This is also why I don't give two shit about celebrities being 'cancelled'. None of these people deserve pity. Boo hoo rich people problems.

by Anonymousreply 79October 14, 2021 5:44 AM

[quote]Much greater injustices are happening in the world and this looks like a storm in a teacup compared to those. The exhaustive arguments among the twiterati and literatti over this just proves how insular and removed from 'normal people problems' cultural elites are

And yet you've been in these threads throughout. So save the holier than thou bullshit. You said something stupid and got called out for it.

by Anonymousreply 80October 14, 2021 5:57 AM

"[R78] ...which makes neither of them real victims worthy of 3000 words in the New York Times. "

Oh honey, nobody thinks of either of them as real victims, or takes this story seriously! It's all a tempest in a teapot, a phrase I've used myself often enough on these threads, and we're just enjoying the drama and chuckling at the sight of a bunch of snooty bitches get a bit of a comeuppance. That is, FYI, why the NYT article was written, in the hopes of entertaining more than informing. it actually presented everyone involved as awful and snarkworthy rather than victims, same for most of the commentators.

So lighten up, and enjoy the tempest in a teapot, or bugger off.

by Anonymousreply 81October 14, 2021 5:58 AM

I have a feeling there's a "You know who's really suffering? You know who isn't entitled and has real problems? The people the wonderful CELESTE NG is trying to help with her diaper drive (or whatever the hell it is). You should stop talking about this story and help CELESTE--I mean, whoever CELESTE thinks is worthy of helping (and not dumb old kidney needers either! That's a first-world problem!)" coming.

by Anonymousreply 82October 14, 2021 6:07 AM


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by Anonymousreply 83October 14, 2021 7:26 AM

R79, a story doesn't need "real victims" to justify being written. A good writer can make it resonant and meaningful even if the people involved have money.

by Anonymousreply 84October 14, 2021 8:11 AM

R79, this story plays out something happening all over our culture.

The writers, filmmakers. artists in general, all come from a certain class. The views they promulgate are from that class, but usually they do not tip their hand. Now they have.

by Anonymousreply 85October 14, 2021 11:07 AM

Keep trying R21. You’re friend is fucked.

by Anonymousreply 86October 14, 2021 1:02 PM

are you a total idiot R86? the guy is an asshole and I'll never read anything he wrote, and he is certainly is no "friend" of mine.

None of that changes the fact that his book received a positive review in the Times.

by Anonymousreply 87October 14, 2021 1:15 PM

Did we discuss the article writer Steve Almond--who has worked at Grub Street--wrote for the Boston NPR website? He pretended to be compassionate and above-it-all, but only slammed Dawn--a former student! "Study at Grub Street and we'll slander you! If that wasn't clear from the leaked texts, one of our teachers will state it publicly on an outside site!"--and gave Sonya's terrible story a tongue-bath. I mean, this:

"I don’t think anyone’s in a position to judge Dawn Dorland unless they imagine a scenario in which a more celebrated writer (who they admire and want to befriend, from the same writing community they ardently wish to join) writes a story inspired by their act of altruism, which instead spotlights their desire for acclaim.

I don’t think anyone is in a position to judge Sonya Larson unless they have been the subject of a sustained literary and legal campaign against them for the crime of writing a short story that is a work of deep compassion and piercing insight.

The precision of Sonya’s insight into Dawn — and the way she chose to amplify Dawn’s narcissism for fictional purposes — was the real dagger. Her refusal to acknowledge this dagger stabbed it even deeper. A different person might not have been so wounded, and thus so retaliatory. But Dawn (as Sonya well knew) was eager to be recognized for her generosity, not ridiculed. She was openly insecure."

"A work of deep compassion and piercing insight?" Bullshit. It's garbage--simple, shallow, and cartoonish.

Apparently he got enough blowback that he had to backpedal, and the article now includes a new note at the bottom:

"Author’s note: I wrote this piece in the hopes that people would be more reflective and less judgmental about this painful dispute. That includes me. I fell short of my own standard in failing to note Dawn's allegations of plagarism, for instance, but mostly in the passage where I sought to sympathize with both women. I should have written something more like...

I don’t think anyone’s in a position to judge Dawn Dorland unless they imagine a scenario in which a more celebrated writer (who they admire and want to befriend, from the same writing community they ardently wish to join) writes a story inspired by their act of altruism, which instead spotlights their desire for acclaim, and even uses some of their words.

I don’t think anyone is in a position to judge Sonya Larson unless they have been the subject of a sustained campaign against them for writing what they intended as a work of fiction.

The way Sonya chose to amplify what she saw as Dawn’s pursuit of recognition, for fictional purposes, was the real dagger…

The lesson in all this for me is to cop to my missteps rather than being defensive.

-- S.A., October 13, 2021"

Except, again, Sonya didn't only intend it as a work of fiction. It blatantly began as a hit piece on a real person. We've seen the emails.

This Grub Street bunch keeps showing that they're utter trash. Why would anyone who's not a complete asshole would want to be involved with them?

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by Anonymousreply 88October 14, 2021 1:20 PM

[quote]I fell short of my own standard in failing to note Dawn's allegations of plagarism

You mean the entire point of the whole thing? Jesus what a piece of shit this Almond guy is

by Anonymousreply 89October 14, 2021 1:24 PM

Also, I think it's telling that in both his original and revised tellings, he describes Dawn as "ardently wish(ing) to join" "the same writing community" as Sonya. Despite the fact that she also worked for Grub Street, she wasn't part of their community, only ardently wishing to join it. Way to admit just how clique-y Grub Street is, and how, no, she couldn't sit with them.

by Anonymousreply 90October 14, 2021 1:25 PM

Oh, according to this Steve Almond guy it's all the fault of men!

[quote]The hubbub around this story feels creepily familiar. The patriarchy loves a story in which two ambitious women are in conflict. It reinforces ancient bigotries. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Our cultural misogyny is so deeply ingrained that we think nothing of the disparity between how we regard male and female aggression. We laud the former as toughness and courage while we pathologize the latter as hysteria, or reduce it to “cattiness."

by Anonymousreply 91October 14, 2021 1:26 PM

That Steve Almond guy is a moron. He needs to shut his yap. All these mediocre writers trying to reframe the conversation as being about patriarchy, racism, and class.

No. It’s about a shitty plagiarist stealing a story and trying to make it her own and getting caught out as a Royal cunt and all the fucking assholes who supported her going down with her.

by Anonymousreply 92October 14, 2021 1:32 PM

The responses to his tweet promoting his article are hilarious

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by Anonymousreply 93October 14, 2021 1:38 PM

Someone updated Castellani's Wikipedia page with the relevant information:

In October 2021, Castellani was implicated in a work-related harassment, cyberbullying, gaslighting and perjury in an ongoing civil case referred to as Larson vs. Dorland Perry. Castellani was quoted as saying "My mission in life is going to be to exact revenge on this pestilence of a person [re: Dawn Dorland]." Larson vs. Dorland Perry, Document 107-11 [Filed 03/15/21][11]

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by Anonymousreply 94October 14, 2021 1:43 PM

Whoever is editing those cunt’s wikis is wonderful.

The replies to Almond’s condescending bullshit are SAVAGE.

by Anonymousreply 95October 14, 2021 2:20 PM

Not to plagiarize DL's Lizsha, but I imagine Daffy Duck sputtering " thish PESHTILENCE of a PERSHON!"

by Anonymousreply 96October 14, 2021 2:34 PM

Also - I take issue every time with Dawn being labeled a narcissist. The merits aside, I am so sick of that fucking word being thrown around by people who think they sound knowing and sophisticated. It's like that meme, "everyone I don't like is a narcissist." Maybe I'll write a short story about it.

by Anonymousreply 97October 14, 2021 2:44 PM

Why do all these writers keep trying to wade into This with their various (mostly wrong) takes? It’s just a horrible idea all around. You DO NOT want to be associated with this story in any way if you are a writer, established or otherwise.

by Anonymousreply 98October 14, 2021 2:50 PM

Roxane Gay scurrying away to take care of her “sick mother” should serve as a sign to anyone wanting to inject themselves into this that’s it’s an awful idea.

by Anonymousreply 99October 14, 2021 2:52 PM

Straight up high school bullshit.

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by Anonymousreply 100October 14, 2021 3:32 PM

Hobbes original post was nonsense--saying Sonya started out as the bad art friend but in the end Dawn was the bad art friend who should have just let it go--so glad to see he's finally tweeting some accurate comments, especially since he has such a large audience (and so many people responded how right his original take was). Probably won't undo the damage of his original post, but every little bit, I guess.

by Anonymousreply 101October 14, 2021 3:46 PM

Dawn’s next book should be a comic takedown of these pretentious literary cunts. I’d read that!

by Anonymousreply 102October 14, 2021 4:32 PM

Not sure if anyone's pointed this out, but for the nut who kept insisting Dawn was the elite because she went to Harvard: 90% of Harvard Divinity School students receive scholarships. (It was also pointed out that her undergrad at Scripps was on a full scholarship.)

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by Anonymousreply 103October 14, 2021 4:37 PM

"[R79], this story plays out something happening all over our culture. The writers, filmmakers. artists in general, all come from a certain class."

That's more because of economics, than the social snobbery and freezing-out that we've seen in action here.

Nobody can afford to be a starving artist any more, unless they're supported by a their parents, a spouse, or an inheritance. That's why the arts have become the province of the upper and upper-middle classes, nobody else can afford to devote themselves to work that won't earn them a living - like spending weeks or months on a short story that pays $425. People who have to take second jobs to pay the rent don't have the time to write or paint or make youtube movies, and they sure as hell don't have the time to work their way into this cliquey writers' social scene - not that they'd have any hope of being accepted if they tried.

by Anonymousreply 104October 14, 2021 5:26 PM

Castellani’s Wiki page has been edited to delete the Bad Art Friend stuff.

by Anonymousreply 105October 14, 2021 5:43 PM

Other countries recognize the arts as important and provide more economic support, R104. It’s also true that you don’t have to live in a city to be an artist; there are still many cheap places to live in this country. But that is no advantage if success as an artist depends more on connections and networking than talent.

by Anonymousreply 106October 14, 2021 5:47 PM

I downloaded the exhibit with the infamous Castellani quote and found quotes from this person, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, who's one of the Chunky Monkeys but who seems to have gone unscathed, even though she was also throwing around "DFD" on the chats. Her Twitter has largely ignored the issue, except for this one, where she says the Bad Artist Friend story is about stalking...but since she's on Sonya's side it's clear she doesn't understand who the stalker is. Dipshit.

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by Anonymousreply 107October 14, 2021 5:52 PM

R105 Then I guess one of us will have to edit it back!

by Anonymousreply 108October 14, 2021 6:24 PM

Alex/ Alexandria uses they/them pronouns. I agree R107. The stalker comment is ironic.

by Anonymousreply 109October 14, 2021 6:25 PM

r109, Oops, you're right. I should have realized.

They were also throwing around "DFD" on the chats. Their Twitter has largely ignored the issue, except for this one, where they say the Bad Artist Friend story is about stalking...but since their on Sonya's side it's clear they doesn't understand who the stalker is.

They are a dipshit.

by Anonymousreply 110October 14, 2021 6:29 PM

**they're on Sonya's side. Damn it.

by Anonymousreply 111October 14, 2021 6:30 PM

Alex wrote a memoir where they describe the harrowing experience of being raped by their own grandfather. Honestly, I’d have thought Alex would have more compassion for someone like Dawn than to join the “DFD” bully crowd.

by Anonymousreply 112October 14, 2021 6:31 PM

R106, the one encouraging thing about the modern arts world is that the internet is allowing some non-trustafarians to squeeze in even though they aren't part of the exclusionary and expensive big-city arts social scene.

Anyone can put an amateur film on youtube, and Hollywood has actually picked up some of the more talented ones, so filmmakers at least can crack their field without having to pay for UCLA Film School. But I doubt there's any equivalent for "literary fiction", that really sounds like a who-you-know field.

by Anonymousreply 113October 14, 2021 6:38 PM

Becky Tuchs saying that Dawn had only ever been lovely to her is kind of heartbreaking, isn't it? And owning up to how easily Dawn became "Dawn" to them, not a real person, but a caricature, a villain, it's so sad. At least ONE of these Chunky Monkeys/Grub Street lot are owning it.

Someone else pointed out on Twitter that Dawn does a lot of work with the homeless in LA and teaches free writing classes. They compared this to this other lot who charge nearly $400 a class.

by Anonymousreply 114October 14, 2021 6:59 PM

Kidneygate points out that Sonya's CV, which she updated on her website the day before the article, still lists "The Kindness" as chosen Boston's One City One Story read for 2018, even though it's been removed from the Boston Book Festival's website, which says "2018: Program on hiatus."

What I find just as interesting is that the 2020 pick was fellow Chunky Monkey Grace Talusan. That Boston literary scene really is ridiculously incestuous, isn't it?

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by Anonymousreply 115October 14, 2021 7:02 PM

I love how Roxane starts whining about her sick mother and dog and the weather and blah blah blah.

Did she ever think Brooke Nelson had a sick mother? Kate Elizabeth Russell might have been going through a bad time? Was Dawn worried over her sick dog? What was going on in the lift of that minimum wage McDonalds worker?

No, Roxane was very happy to get involved in a pile-on of all those people.

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by Anonymousreply 117October 14, 2021 7:04 PM

**"The Kindest" Geez, I swear I haven't been drinking today. Too much rage posting about these assholes.

by Anonymousreply 118October 14, 2021 7:04 PM

R114 This story just gets more and more outlandish. It is a shame that most people are not like DLers who literally go into every single detail to get the truth.

Dawn Dorland (even her name is sweet), the poor girl who went to Harvard on scholarship spends her free time feeding the homeless, giving free writing lessons and advocating for organ donation after doing it herself. She is struggling to be a writer but doesn’t let that stand in her way of supporting others.

Sonya Larson, is the pretty rich girl, who has other pretty, rich, and popular friends. She lurks in a private FB group of Dawns just to find material to make fun of Dawn with and look cooler. She gets so carried away that she writes an entire story about Dawn in which she demonizes her, and does so with the intention that Dawn will find out. When Dawn does find out, she both gaslights and then sues her AND her lawyer.

I think the bit players like DLs own Chris and Ng will survive, tarnished. The others will be fine. Sonya is done for. Justice at least.

by Anonymousreply 119October 14, 2021 7:17 PM

[QUOTE] Dawn Dorland (even her name is sweet), the poor girl who went to Harvard on scholarship spends her free time feeding the homeless, giving free writing lessons and advocating for organ donation after doing it herself. She is struggling to be a writer but doesn’t let that stand in her way of supporting others.

Dawn reminds me a lot of the title character in Tom Wolfe’s “I Am Charlotte Simmons.”

by Anonymousreply 120October 14, 2021 7:30 PM


[quote]Celeste Ng seems like she sucks as a person, she’s at the center of so many awful shitfights on here, her and Roxane Gay seem like utter fucking sociopaths on Twitter dot com and I’m not censoring anyone’s name because I drive a van for a living what are they going to do to me

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by Anonymousreply 121October 14, 2021 7:40 PM

Harvard Divinity has the highest acceptance rate of any school there. It averages fifty percent, which is very high.

by Anonymousreply 122October 14, 2021 7:45 PM

Becky Tuchs, who had the grace to give a very reluctant mea culpa, which starts out with DEEP praise of Sonya to the point of deeply licking Sonya's pussy and crack, then squeezes out an apology to Dawn, is the only white. The POCS are digging in.

by Anonymousreply 123October 14, 2021 8:35 PM

To call someone a “pestilence” is really extreme.

by Anonymousreply 124October 14, 2021 9:10 PM

R124, we tell each other to die in grease fires when discussing bottled mayonnaise! We have no room to talk about anyone else's abusive language.

by Anonymousreply 125October 14, 2021 11:07 PM

R125, we actually do, though. Here we are a choir of disembodied voices. We might have posting histories, but that’s it. Dorland was a specific person with a face and a life. That’s different than being “Reply —.”

by Anonymousreply 126October 14, 2021 11:34 PM

The poor little darling!

[quote]I accidentally had my first sip of pumpkin spice latte today when the barista handed me “Kennedy’s” drink instead of mine. It tasted horrible. My mouth is still upset.

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by Anonymousreply 127October 15, 2021 7:18 AM

God, she really is insufferable, isn’t she?

by Anonymousreply 128October 15, 2021 7:53 AM

Surprised to see there’s a food Roxanne doesn’t like.

by Anonymousreply 129October 15, 2021 8:06 AM

Am I wrong in thinking the whole "pumpkin spice" thing is tied to white people? Because if so, then I think we all know exactly why Roxane is mentioning how horrible it is on Twitter.

She never changes.

by Anonymousreply 130October 15, 2021 8:30 AM

R130 Year she is trying to insult white people. Which is ironic because she is drinking at a chain created by white people.

by Anonymousreply 131October 15, 2021 8:36 AM

God, she is so lame.

I listen to a podcast on a certain novelist who wrote over a long period of time and they talk about how things in those books might be 'stuck in their time' each week. As the podcast went on, they opened this discussion to the listeners and a lot of people pointed out there is behavior right now that will seem 'stuck in its time' in the future.

This kind of behavior by Roxane strikes me as just that. I feel like in the future she's probably going to find herself on the end of a Twitter mob (or whatever the equivalent will be then) because of these stupid things she says.

I've seen her before complain about how white people don't eat spices and all their food is bland. Then she complained another time about white people 'appropriating' other people's food. Which is it, Roxane?

by Anonymousreply 132October 15, 2021 8:39 AM

[quote]What I find just as interesting is that the 2020 pick was fellow Chunky Monkey Grace Talusan.

Again, I am simply unable to process the existence of a third Drama Talusan.

by Anonymousreply 133October 15, 2021 8:42 AM

Haha, it's incredible, isn't it R133? Does that name just track to drama all the time, or what?

by Anonymousreply 134October 15, 2021 8:51 AM

Oh for fuck's sake, ragging on everything "pumpkin spice" flavored has been an autumnal Datalounge tradition for years - and here you bitches are bitching about Roxanne Gay hating pumpkin spice flavor?

You should be singing "ONE OF US, ONE OF US, GOOBLE GOBBLE ONE OF US!".

by Anonymousreply 135October 15, 2021 8:59 AM

^Not every one of us has been year "for years", and I've never heard of it before. Just chill out and let other people talk about what they want to. You don't have to control every conversation, and you'll be happier once you realise this.

by Anonymousreply 136October 15, 2021 9:01 AM

^has been here*

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by Anonymousreply 138October 15, 2021 9:04 AM


Not surprising she piled-on. She has experience in piling on the pounds.

by Anonymousreply 139October 15, 2021 12:46 PM


Roxane has found her niche and she's not going to give it up now. Her victimhood is her identity.

She wrote in her biography "Hunger" that she sometimes calls her rapist and then hangs up. I wish she would actually confront him. He's a criminal and deserves to feel like shit.

But I think the only reason she doesnt is that then she would be forced to lose some weight and get healthy again.

by Anonymousreply 140October 15, 2021 12:48 PM

I posted on the first thread about knowing some of them, most specifically Whitney Scharer. She has locked down her social media. She has gotten off pretty easily because she no longer works at Grub Street. But at the time all this went down, she was DEEP in this I am sure. She held multiple positions of power there and worked there for years. Makes me wonder if she knew this was all going down and got out while the getting was good.

She's the one who got a MILLION DOLLAR ADVANCE for her mediocre debut novel. This shit really is about who you know, isn't it?

by Anonymousreply 141October 15, 2021 12:54 PM

r141, yeah, I definitely saw her name in the file I downloaded yesterday. I'm pretty sure she was one of the ones throwing around DFD.

In case it hasn't been posted, here's a link to the court documents. The exhibits listed under March 15, 2021, which were the documents Larson had to produce, seem to be where the juiciest stuff is. (Attachment 11/Exhibit K is the one I read.)

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by Anonymousreply 142October 15, 2021 1:12 PM

A million dollars? For a bunch of werdz? Wtf.

I was killing time in the public library yesterday. They were having a big sale of books they were trying to offload. I was just struck by the sheer number of books and books and books. There is so much out there to read. And yet people get $1 million for one book. Whatever the market will bear, I suppose. Oh and then I looked for Celeste Ng’s book on the shelf. It was there, I picked it up and leafed through it, then put it back. Celeste continues to brazen it out on Twitter, which frankly is probably the right approach for her. These things fade, alas.

by Anonymousreply 143October 15, 2021 1:43 PM

I know this isn't a Roxane thread. That said, fuck Roxane and her glomming on to Black culture when it suits. Her wife is as white as they come too, and I wonder how she feels about Roxane's bullshit pokes at white women. She's as entitled as any of these other cunts. From her wiki. Check out the last sentence in particular. Her parents paid her rent until she was 30?

Gay was born in Omaha, Nebraska,[1] to Michael and Nicole Gay, both of Haitian descent.[8][9] Her mother was a homemaker and her father is owner of GDG Béton et Construction, a Haitian concrete company.[10][11] Gay was raised Roman Catholic and spent her summers in Haiti.[12][13] She attended high school at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.[14] Gay began writing essays as a teenager;[15] her work has been greatly influenced by a sexual assault she experienced at the age of 12 at the hands of her boyfriend and his friends.[16] Her parents were relatively wealthy, supporting her through college and paying her rent until she was 30.[12]

by Anonymousreply 144October 15, 2021 1:50 PM

Seriously, though, it's easy to imagine the envy and salivating within this group at the insane money some of the members were getting. A million for Whitney, $800k for Chip, and then whatever Celeste got along with the Hollywood treatment...sheesh. It must have seemed important to side with those cool kids, especially Celeste.

I really, really want to see this limited series. Such great characters, all. You can picture the opening scenes introducing Dawn: hippy-dippy happy music as she strolls along in sunny LA, doing yoga, shopping at Whole Foods, Namaste-ing strangers. Then cut to slick, urban Boston, Sonya the black-clad sophisticate fetching coffee, striding into GrubStreet headquarters. Who plays Chip Cheek?

by Anonymousreply 145October 15, 2021 2:57 PM

Roxane’s many grievances about white women are hilarious given that white women are her core audience. Nothing does a certain stripe of white women love more than being scolded by a black lady. It’s a minstrel show.

by Anonymousreply 146October 15, 2021 3:00 PM

HAHAHAHA. Okay, one of you has to be Kidneygate, right?

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by Anonymousreply 147October 15, 2021 3:45 PM

[QUOTE] I love how Roxane starts whining about her sick mother and dog and the weather and blah blah blah.

Brandon Taylor is doing something similar on his Twitter to deflect criticism of his tweets. He’s talking about long-term sexual abuse as a child and being scrubbed naked because his mom said that he smelled. These are apparently examples of he doesn’t my care what Twitter has to say about his Kidney Takes.

What the hell?

by Anonymousreply 148October 15, 2021 4:05 PM

*examples of why he doesn’t care

by Anonymousreply 149October 15, 2021 4:06 PM

Roxane tweeted about this 4 or 5 times and then was like 'what, I'm just commenting on the story like everyone else'. She acts like she's put upon by other people's expectations and interpretations of her statements. You have 845,300 people following you, girl.

by Anonymousreply 150October 15, 2021 4:08 PM

Deanna Deflection.

by Anonymousreply 151October 15, 2021 4:11 PM

Ha, the Whitney Sharer $1M advance book is the fucking story of Lee Miller's life. It's not even her own fucking creation!

These writers are absolute hacks. Poseurs.

by Anonymousreply 152October 15, 2021 5:04 PM

"Seriously, though, it's easy to imagine the envy and salivating within this group at the insane money some of the members were getting. A million for Whitney, $800k for Chip..."

So it's not like the academic infighting which is "so vicious because the stakes are so small", these people are vicious because the stakes are HUGE! And that's probably why they are so exclusionary. Sure, they make a show of helping other writers and teaching workshops, but if anyone tries to break into the who-you-know circle where million dollar advances can be had, the Flying Monkeys aren't going to help them up the ladder, they're going to push them off.

Which reinforces my earlier point about why the arts are now dominated by people from wealthy backgrounds. With the cost of living and housing being what it is, nobody can spend decades getting higher education and polishing their craft, and living in the big cities where these writers' circles are, and networking and kissing ass at workshops, all in the hope of the eventual million-dollar advance... unless someone else is paying their bills.

by Anonymousreply 153October 15, 2021 7:27 PM

Roxane had some problems before the rape. Perhaps being brought up by strict immigrant parents?

She alludes to the fact that she "did things" with her boyfriend that she should not have done at the age of 12.

by Anonymousreply 154October 15, 2021 10:37 PM

The more I've seen of this the more I'm convinced that Dawn's actual crime was being a good person. She may be annoying but what rubbed the flying monkeys the wrong way is the idea that she might actually be what she seems, so they have to make her out to be narcissistic and crazy to demean the stuff she does so they feel less insecure around her. Dawn actually doing good things in the real world sure puts them to shame since they seem like keyboard warrior types that talk a lot but never actually do anything.

by Anonymousreply 155October 15, 2021 10:37 PM

I hate that they mocked her sweet Jumbotron moment. Heartless shits.

by Anonymousreply 156October 15, 2021 10:45 PM

My favourite comment on that kidneygate post above:

[quote]Dear Roxane, I forgot I had 854,000 Twitter followers and was incredibly cruel to a woman who gave her kidney to a total stranger in front of them. How do I cover it up and make it look like everyone criticizing me is the problem?

Roxy must be so happy the Chapelle article has taken off. She can't be considered to be punching down there and it takes attention away from her behaviour here.

R155, you may be right. I get the feeling there's something very earnest about Dawn, that has clearly rubbed these others up the wrong way.

by Anonymousreply 157October 15, 2021 10:45 PM

Is Roxabba The Hut-Gay bipedal or now strictly rollerina?

by Anonymousreply 158October 15, 2021 10:47 PM

R155, I've seen that argument made, that the Monkeys were disconcerted by her decency. She'd actually done something difficult and heroic. That unnerved then, and they didn't have the psychological insight to explore why they were triggered.

by Anonymousreply 159October 15, 2021 10:48 PM

The whole thing takes me straight back to high school, watching a slightly awkward girl who wanted to hang around with other girls who were nice to her face and then made plans to "tell her we'll meet her somewhere and then we won't show up. When she sees us then we'll run away."

I do hope some of the mud will stick to these writers for a bit, even if it's just that people are wary of dealing with GrubStreet or the Chunky Monkeys or something. Or maybe the best revenge is just that Dawn somehow ends up succeeding in an area she really wants to.

by Anonymousreply 160October 15, 2021 10:54 PM

OK, this is from one of us here, surely? Hahaha!

[quote]I would love to know the thought process that led to Roxane Gay, who has never had a normal job and has famously gone on record to complain about having to pay her two personal assistants, getting a workplace advice column

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by Anonymousreply 161October 15, 2021 11:00 PM

If I weren’t an ancient luddite, I would be on Twitter with multiple accounts dragging these cunts to hell and never letting it go. Yah that’s fucked up, but I’ve been bullied by mfa types myself and this brings it all back up. All the petty evil and bland fiction writing. They disgust me.

by Anonymousreply 162October 15, 2021 11:06 PM

Well don't sign up for Twitter and start, R162, the Flying Monkeys can afford lawyers!

by Anonymousreply 163October 15, 2021 11:20 PM

Not very good ones though, R163, as shown by the hack that Larson hired. Haha!

by Anonymousreply 164October 15, 2021 11:21 PM

R155 and R159, I think that we fact that Larson and the Flying Monkeys were triggered by DD's altruistic acts says a lot about them, and how small and petty their minds are. They didn't understand an altruistic act, and jnstead of actually trying to understand a person unlike themselves the way a really good writer would, they dismissed altruism as attention-seeking and narcissism... because those were the only motives they could understand. Hey, maybe it narcissism, or a desire for acceptance or fame, or religion, or altruism? Why not write about how religion can motivate people to be either cruel or altruistic? Or trying to understand gratitude, instead if writing about disdain and ingratitude, as Lawson did?

I myself have no idea what motivates DD to do the things she does, and I don't care. At a certain point, the acts become more important than the motivation for doing them, and that includes giving up perfectly good organs, and holding free classes for the homeless.

by Anonymousreply 165October 15, 2021 11:36 PM


No, she's not as bad as Larson and her mean cunt crew but she's an out out touch white woman with emotional control and boundary issues. Dorland lied about Larson accepting her facebook group invite and her lawyer is trying to crush that fact. Dorland added her because she wanted to rub elbows with the chunky monkey crew too, as a way to further her career.

by Anonymousreply 166October 15, 2021 11:47 PM

R166 is that you Celeste? Still lying for your fellow asshole friends? Private FB groups require an invitation, which can be ignored or declined. Nobody forced Lawson to accept the invite and nobody forced Lawson to keep looking at the posts in it.

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by Anonymousreply 167October 16, 2021 12:02 AM

SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUP Dorland is white and a very bad girl bad girl bad girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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by Anonymousreply 168October 16, 2021 12:07 AM

Wow, R167, I hadn't seen that part of it yet. My god, so the woman literally told them they didn't have to be there and to leave if they didn't want to join, and the whole story was twisted to make her seem like she was stalking and harassing them? Jesus!

by Anonymousreply 169October 16, 2021 12:09 AM

Oh, and in the same complaint where Larson claims she was added to the FB without her permission, she also falsely claims that the group had up to 300 members, that she only "recorded a few thoughts and ideas" from Dorland's letter for future references, and that the Boston Book Fair's decision to drop Larson's story was not because of the validity of Dorland's plagiarism accusation. We know from the subsequent discovery these were all lies, just like the ridiculous notion that Dorland somehow forced Larson into a private FB group.

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by Anonymousreply 170October 16, 2021 12:12 AM

R167 nope. If you have read any of the tweets beyond that weird kidney account, you'll see people being hard on both Larson and Dorland. Methinks the frau posters of DL see a lot of themselves in Dorland and that's why you guys can't see why her behavior was not kosher.

by Anonymousreply 171October 16, 2021 12:13 AM

R171 you're the one trying to revive already disproven lies. That has nothing to do with whether Dorland bears any blame here. If you think there are legitimate criticisms of Dorland, you should be able to reference things she's actually done or not done, not things Larson has lied about.

by Anonymousreply 172October 16, 2021 12:16 AM

Yeah, what's with re-litigating things we have known are false for awhile now? The court documents have been out for a good amount of time.

by Anonymousreply 173October 16, 2021 12:22 AM

R167 is either Castellini or Cheek.

by Anonymousreply 174October 16, 2021 12:27 AM

Sorry r171 is Castellini or Cheek

by Anonymousreply 175October 16, 2021 12:28 AM

Dorland pursued Larson about using her life story AND stealing her own words in the letter, and publishing it. Larson stonewalled and gaslit for years. Larson spun Dorland's pursuit of clarity, truth, perhaps a mea culpa, as "stalking". A VICIOUS nasty dishonest repellant cunt, that Larson. As a professor, I have observed that all unrepentent plagiarists are the same in this way. I call it out several times a year. Some are ashamed, admit it, apologise, beg for mercy and go away informed and with their tails between their legs. But a few dig in and these people are LOST CAUSES, will be repeat offenders, and likely they are sociopaths and should be avoided socially and professionally. They are really really bad news.

by Anonymousreply 176October 16, 2021 12:28 AM

It's been interesting to see just how much Larson has lied. Over and over and even under oath. It's pretty clear it's a longstanding habit and maybe part of why she could bully Dawn into backing down on the plagiarism. I think Larson is the one with some kind of axis 2 diagnosis. There's something really off about her behavior.

by Anonymousreply 177October 16, 2021 12:29 AM

Which was the one again who went back to the group talking about how awkward it was to bump into Dawn somewhere, and as he explained the story you realised (and he even admitted) that she was just lovely, kind and helpful? And that he thought it would be a good idea to 'use' her for her usefulness? That guy is utterly, utterly devoid of ANY decency. It also shows how that group had so completely stuck to this idea of Dawn they had that even being faced with behaviour that showed they were wrong, they would clamp down.

It's kind of a fascinating and ultimately disheartening look at humans and in-groups thinking.

by Anonymousreply 178October 16, 2021 12:31 AM

Because she can't be admired enough, a reminder of what an awesome no-bullshit badass Deborah Porter is. And she's stylish as hell. A True DL icon.

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by Anonymousreply 179October 16, 2021 12:34 AM

Love our Deb!

I even imagine she'd be like: "Enough with the adulation, I have work to do!"

by Anonymousreply 180October 16, 2021 12:35 AM

And I would've given ANYTHING to be a fly on the wall when De Leon opened that response from Porter. I can bet I know exactly how it would've been taken. Like typical bullies when they don't get their way, feigned outrage of the "I don't understand how you could speak to me like that! What is wrong with YOU?" variety.

by Anonymousreply 181October 16, 2021 12:39 AM

r174/r175, it's Castellani, a-n-i. I only care because I hope this thread comes up any time his name is Googled (and you KNOW an artiste like him has a Google alert set).

Christopher CastellAni. Lover of plagiarists. Hater of kidney donors, postal workers, and those who work at North American Midway.

by Anonymousreply 182October 16, 2021 12:51 AM

r178, it was Chip Cheek.

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by Anonymousreply 183October 16, 2021 12:54 AM

Chip Cheek, who looks like a fucking serial killer by the way. And he was scared of Dawn? I'm amazed people don't run away at the sight of him.

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by Anonymousreply 184October 16, 2021 12:56 AM

Who the fuck names their kid "Chip Cheek"?

(See, I can be a bitch too, Chip!)

by Anonymousreply 185October 16, 2021 12:58 AM

Chip Cheek's book has less than 3 stars on Goodreads, which I don't see that often for major releases (and considering they gave him an $800k advance, it must have been a major release). Sounds like shitty lit porn.

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by Anonymousreply 186October 16, 2021 1:00 AM

Tell me, has the "Flying Monkey" nickname spread to Twitter, or literary circles?

Because I don't think every member of the group deserves to be hounded or ruined, mist of them probably just took Lason's word when she said she was being stalked and harassed. But I do want them all to be forever known as "a Flying Monkey".

by Anonymousreply 187October 16, 2021 1:03 AM

R187 raises an interesting point, which members of the Flying Monkeys (I also like 'Cunty Monkeys' as a name too) do people think are worse than others. I think some of them seem even worse than Larson, funnily enough (ie Celeste Ng being one of them). Are any of them coming across better?

by Anonymousreply 188October 16, 2021 1:07 AM

The white one Becky who squeezed out a half assed apology get a half assed pardon from me. But she was STILL hedging her bets and licking monkey ass.

by Anonymousreply 189October 16, 2021 1:09 AM

R178, that's one of the very worst things about this story. Two members of the Chunky Monkeys (Cheek and the woman who posted an apology on Twitter) independently met Dorland and had positive interactions with her, yet they were so committed to bonding with the group that they continued to attack her.

by Anonymousreply 190October 16, 2021 1:09 AM

"Even if the white lady was nice to me, I must support the construction of appalling crackertude demanded by the POC-lite overlords".

by Anonymousreply 191October 16, 2021 1:12 AM

To be fair, R190, if you've heard for years that somebody is crazy, narcissistic, and a stalker, and you yourself don't know them well... you're going to leery and suspicious if you run into them, even if they're perfectly pleasant. Most horrible people are capable of maintaining a mask of pleasant normality, so most people wouldn't change their bad opinion over a few pleasant interactions.

So for the most part, the group's big mistake seems to have been believing Larson's lies about Dorland. The obvious exception is Ng, perhaps others, but im not obsessed enough to look each and every one of them and parse out their personal degree of guilt.

by Anonymousreply 192October 16, 2021 1:18 AM

"Flying monkeys" is also used in support groups for victims of narcissistic parents/partners to describe family and friends of the narcissists who do their bidding by gaslighting and smearing the victim.

by Anonymousreply 193October 16, 2021 1:19 AM

R156, fuck, I just saw that. "My Lakers Girls moment". I'm such an over-sensitive moron, I feel so silly, but I teared up a bit at them mocking that.

by Anonymousreply 194October 16, 2021 1:22 AM

I was once plagiarized by a former colleague in an academic setting. I'd received the villain edit from them a few years before and when confronted, she claimed that she didn't need to cite me as the ideas were 'in the common argot.' Oooh, fucker knows big words!

Like Dawn, I came up from trash (I haven't gotten very far, either) and unlike Dawn, I went for the balls right off. The subject line: 'that's plagiarism, babe.' She had clearly taken a paragraph from my dissertation abstract and barely tweaked each sentence with minimum paraphrasing to form the introduction to a blog post on a shitty blog by a writing group of colleagues who identified as 'girls.' She didn't think I'd catch her or respond.

Fucker was wrong.

by Anonymousreply 195October 16, 2021 2:16 AM

People like that try and rely on other people not challenging them, or not being able to follow through, R195. Then they get surprised when, like you or Dawn, people don't back down, and then they get incensed at the idea that you just don't roll over and take it.

by Anonymousreply 196October 16, 2021 3:19 AM

I think whoever came up with renaming the group Flying Monkeys knew that and that's exactly why they considered the phrase so apt.

by Anonymousreply 197October 16, 2021 8:16 AM

Casetllani, Ng, Cheek, and Larson of course, come off horrible. Larson doesn’t have much of a career anyway, and so I suspect this will be enough to sink it.

Ng will probably survive, but tainted. I imagine her next book won’t sell as well, and she will always have to live in fear that a question about this will come up during a Q/A. I know I would love to.

The other two had large advances but they also don’t seem like they have had amazing careers. They might be unknown enough to survive but like Larson I doubt they will take off.

GrubStreet will need to do some serious damage control.

by Anonymousreply 198October 16, 2021 10:04 AM

It is amazing to me that Castellani or whatever his name is, thinks of a postal worker has being such a demeaning job. Growing up in my poor urban community, we all knew postal workers mad good, steady wages and great benefits. If you become a mail man, you had it made!

by Anonymousreply 199October 16, 2021 10:05 AM

Castellani works with YoungArts teaching writing to teens of all backgrounds.

I wonder if he can be fair to those who are not from the same socioeconomic background as himself. Can he treat the child of a postal worker or a mall employee fairly?

by Anonymousreply 200October 16, 2021 11:31 AM

It's interesting, or perhaps unsurprising, that he seems to have come from a working class background. His parents were immigrants who worked blue-collar factory jobs according to this. But maybe that's noble, unlike the mere post office.

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by Anonymousreply 201October 16, 2021 12:28 PM

[quote]To call someone a “pestilence” is really extreme.

not, if like the Flying Monkeys, you want them exterminated

by Anonymousreply 202October 16, 2021 3:21 PM

[quote] Two members of the Chunky Monkeys (Cheek and the woman who posted an apology on Twitter) independently met Dorland and had positive interactions with her, yet they were so committed to bonding with the group that they continued to attack her.

High school writ large.

by Anonymousreply 203October 16, 2021 3:55 PM

R199/R200 I hope someone's asked him those questions on Twitter. Repeatedly. Maybe ask YoungArts too.

by Anonymousreply 204October 16, 2021 4:38 PM

Still trying to make it all about race (this was retweeted by Roxane too):

[quote]Where is this energy for the white people who tweeted about that article.

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by Anonymousreply 205October 16, 2021 8:14 PM

So they really didn't learn anything about the folly of playing the race card for bullshit reasons?

by Anonymousreply 206October 16, 2021 8:36 PM

It's all they have in terms of coping mechanisms. The blue-checked emperors have no clothes.

by Anonymousreply 207October 16, 2021 8:39 PM

YES R207! I've been saying this for awhile now, they have no clothes, especially someone like Roxane. I wonder what it's going to take until more people see that? (to be fair, I think more and more are. Plus on one of the threads someone on there said he had worked alongside her before and this really is the case too).

by Anonymousreply 208October 16, 2021 8:41 PM

They've all devolved to the standard: "God, are you people STILL talking about this? We moved on ages ago, you must be sad" type attitude, which is the last refuge of people who know they've done a shitty thing and don't want to own up to it.

by Anonymousreply 209October 16, 2021 9:50 PM

Oh this is hilarious, I've been blocked by Brandon. I've never even seen his Tweets other than here before, let alone commented on them. I did write a snarky Tweet to Celeste Ng that got about 20 likes, so nothing special.

The Flying Monkeys are a wee bit sensitive, no?

by Anonymousreply 210October 16, 2021 10:10 PM

Wow, haha! So they're all looking at each others' twitter feeds and blocking people? Sensitive doesn't even cover it.

What did you say to Brandon, R210?

by Anonymousreply 211October 16, 2021 10:17 PM

Sorry, R210, I meant what did you say to Celeste?

by Anonymousreply 212October 16, 2021 10:18 PM

They never learned how to cope beyond fancy versions of 'taking their toys and going home.'

Privilege sho is ugly.

by Anonymousreply 213October 16, 2021 10:30 PM

Just suggested she not give advice for a while. Celeste hasn't blocked me, but clearly Brandon's a more delicate flower.

by Anonymousreply 214October 16, 2021 10:42 PM

It's hilarious to me that he blocked you for something you said to a third party (who themselves didn't block you).

This whole kidney story has exposed so much about human nature, which is really fascinating considering when you first start to read it it's like a whole lot about very little.

by Anonymousreply 215October 16, 2021 10:52 PM

Yep. I hardly ever post on Twitter, don't really like the medium, so he either did it because of that or because I liked someone's comment somewhere--once again, not even on a thread about him. Which means he really would have had to be spending wayyy too much time blocking people who *might* say something he doesn't want to hear.

Basically a wimp.

by Anonymousreply 216October 16, 2021 11:04 PM

There are some odd people on Twitter. I have an account but never use it really. I've very occasionally liked a post or something. One day I logged in out of boredom and saw I had been added to a List called something like "communist idiots" or something. Apparently people actually go around doing things like this. The only thing I thought it could be was that I had liked a post at some point saying something in favour of universal healthcare. That's it.

People like Brandon and Roxane want to be able to say anything they want without anyone disagreeing with them, at the end of the day. I do wonder what they think social media is for?

by Anonymousreply 217October 16, 2021 11:08 PM

Part of what makes this so fascinating is this a group that simply cannot see anything outside of race. They live for this shit when it's about some racial category getting abused or upset for any reason whatsoever. But suddenly have it be about class or mean girl shit or anything else and they are totally lost. They cannot deal. Everything, absolutely everything in the world is supposed to be about race and racial injustice, and when it is about anything else at all, they are just hopelessly confused and lost. It is kind of amazing.

by Anonymousreply 218October 17, 2021 1:15 AM

It really is, R218. Imagine looking at everything in the world through the lens of sexual orientation. I can't, it seems so limiting and unhelpful and weird.

Is it because their formative experiences with terrible racism? But then, so many other people who've had the same thing (without the privileges Roxane et. al. have had) aren't like it. Confused and lost is right. They keep coming back to it, like they don't know anything else:

"Hmmm, I wonder why I am getting called out and not white people?" type stuff (pretty sure people of every stripe have been getting called out over this if they behaved badly).

by Anonymousreply 219October 17, 2021 1:21 AM

I love just how many people are being brought down by this. And they all sound like assholes, so I don’t even care or feel empathy. It’s delicious.

by Anonymousreply 220October 17, 2021 1:38 AM

This might sound wingnut. I hope it doesn't. I hope we all get that you can care about racism without being a freak about it. But we need to get sometimes in this country that not EVERYTHING is racial. We need to get that. That is part of what needs to happen to get past our really godawful racial history.

by Anonymousreply 221October 17, 2021 1:54 AM

One of the nasty ironies of this story is that the Flying Monkeys were the racists. They thought that Dorland was just a stereotype, a “white woman,” someone not fully a person, and worthy of being mocked. Larson’s story makes clear that the Dorland character is just a caricature of a “privileged white woman,” nothing more.

by Anonymousreply 222October 17, 2021 2:18 AM

[quote]Is it because their formative experiences with terrible racism?

No, because if it was that, it'd be genuine. But the way these particular people use it has not been genuine. Larson only played the race card when all of her other attempts to defend herself failed. Gay uses it to mock and insult people. If it were genuine concern, they wouldn't be so cavalier about it.

by Anonymousreply 223October 17, 2021 2:19 AM

Great point R223. I think you're right. I always want to be fair though, just because I am white and don't have the same experiences and I don't want to tell others how to feel about it when they've lived it. I do get this feeling though that, as you say, people like Gay are so wedded to it so they can use it against people, and use it to deflect from criticism.

I've said before, but I don't think Gay cares about moving us forward in any way. I think she'd be happy to just stay in victimhood, and I get the feeling a lot of people are like that too. R221 makes a good point there too.

I've always hoped we can really work to make things better for everyone and get to a better place. I don't think these Twitter people (who seem to all come from wealthy backgrounds) make anything better. So many of the comments on the NYT article from non-white people seem to be saying this too.

And yes R222, that is one of the really interesting things about this story.

by Anonymousreply 224October 17, 2021 3:03 AM

"Part of what makes this so fascinating is this a group that simply cannot see anything outside of race. "

That is IMHO because these people are taking their cues from the fashionable intelligentsia of color, who insist that racism is the only form of discrimination that matters. I think that's because that's the only form of discrimination the intelligentsia of color have ever experienced, or feared.

People are generally blind to privileges they actually possess, so these upper-middle-class people who've been raised in prosperity and sent to the best schools are the ones who insist that social class doesn't matter, because they won the social class lottery and have no idea how it affects others. Same for poverty because they don't know any poor people and they'd never dream of speaking to a poor white, same for how a lack of education can ruin lives, because they don't know anyone uneducated or undereducated. And of course they dismiss sexism or homophobia, because they think they're safe from those as long as they stay in the liberal bubble.

But they're still terrified of racism, whether they've experienced it directly or not, and it's a justifiable fear - because racism can put them in a situation where they're yanked out of the bubble and none of their other privileges will mean anything. So I don't blame them for having a horror of racism, I blame them for dismissing all the other fears that keep other people awake at night.

by Anonymousreply 225October 17, 2021 3:24 AM

Apparently it's safe to come out. Celeste has a few blue checks making convo with this neutral tweet.

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by Anonymousreply 226October 17, 2021 3:41 AM

Chip Cheek. CHIP CHEEK.

Is a dickless, heartless HACK.

by Anonymousreply 227October 17, 2021 3:47 AM

R225, wonderful post! Thanks so much.

I'm reminded of how one of the Chunky Monkeys (white) was laughing at people working at jobs like in the postal service. That was such a nasty take to have.

by Anonymousreply 228October 17, 2021 4:05 AM

Re R226

Oh, Celeste. Is NOTHING easy?

by Anonymousreply 229October 17, 2021 4:08 AM

I don't think the flying monkeys have been exposed to massive amounts of racism. You generally get stories about microaggressions--looks, subtexts, kids sneering at the smell of food. In other words, nothing compared to what they did themselves to Dawn Dorland. But as another poster said in the first thread, they cling to this victimhood status as a way of not acknowledging their own privilege and entitlement.

They don't have, in fact, Dawn Dorland's empathy. Kidneygate on Twitter's been aggregating some interesting comments. DD would have been asked to write a letter to the donor who would have been slowly dying for a few years. The letter could be read as her attempt to reach someone in poor emotional shape, among other things.

Larson ignored how donations really work. Her no-good recipient wouldn't have be high up on the list--too self-destructive.

by Anonymousreply 230October 17, 2021 4:54 AM

The thing that gets me is how it turns out they actually were sort of nervously and excitedly waiting for Dawn to see the story and see her reaction. Unfortunately for them it went way further than they intended, which they really deserve.

by Anonymousreply 231October 17, 2021 4:57 AM

They're letting Celeste know she'll survive this or they feel bad for her. Back to Alexander Chee's tweet about of the two offing themselves. Felt Dawn was pretty vindicated so the two to worry about would be Sonya or Celeste. It started innocently, they were ok people but this was a whirl of bad choices and meanness and surprisingly childish behavior.

by Anonymousreply 232October 17, 2021 5:11 AM

R225 And I doubt Sonya received much of that. She grew up in a wealthy area, looks white, and has a white last name.

by Anonymousreply 233October 17, 2021 8:22 AM

Ng will survive, but she can say goodbye to television money. She's not a good enough writer to pull off best sellers without some help. The one whose books underperformed can say goodbye to their advertising budgets.

There are plenty of other writers to be promoted who don't have the same toxic association.

Dawn Dorland, though, may well get some agent queries.

by Anonymousreply 234October 17, 2021 8:51 AM

This will come up in every interview for the next three decades. No real publisher will touch these hacks.

by Anonymousreply 235October 17, 2021 1:46 PM

I’m not at all convinced Ng will survive. She’s made a ton of PR mistakes, number one trying to ignore the whole thing and not apologizing. She’s not at all a major name. She’s had one minor league small success with a streaming service that had a middling critical reception. That does not make her invincible by any stretch.

by Anonymousreply 236October 17, 2021 1:49 PM

I feel like her Oct. 5 tweets involve lying. A few people in the story weren't very smart about this whole thing.

by Anonymousreply 237October 17, 2021 4:00 PM

Oh yeah, she was blatantly lying in those tweets, and probably would have gotten away with it if people hadn't started looking at the court documents themselves to get a more accurate picture than the NYT gave.

by Anonymousreply 238October 17, 2021 5:51 PM

I assume she already has a contract for the next book. But beyond that, she's done. Little Fires Everywhere was a bestseller, so someone will take a risk. The others don't have that going for them.

Grub Street hasn't fired Larson so far, but I don't see how they can afford to keep her.

by Anonymousreply 239October 17, 2021 7:40 PM

Grub Street is probably pressuring Larson to resign, they don't want to fire a "woman of color" if they can help it.

by Anonymousreply 240October 17, 2021 8:39 PM

They'll wait for the results of that investigation to give themselves cover.

by Anonymousreply 241October 17, 2021 8:40 PM

R237, are those the tweets where she said Dorland pitched the story to the NYT?

by Anonymousreply 242October 17, 2021 8:43 PM

Of course Larson is toast as she never made anyone any money, but whether or not Ng is finished depends on her fans, who may or may not give a rat's ass about this tempest in a teapot. We are fascinated, we love a good catfight and a chance to bemoan the current state of the arts world, but the rest of the world rolled their eyes at the whole thing or moved on after a day of chuckling over the NYT article. By the time it takes Ng to put out another book, sell the TV rights, film a miniseries, and release it, the mai0o9iunstream will have totally forgotten this kerfuffle.

Of course the literary world will cluck over for this for years to come, and I hope they continue to analyze and critique the literary world's attitudes towards plagiarism and writing about real people in ways that may be hurtful, and how far they've come from the ideal of meritocracy. This shambolic story has shown just how far they are from valuing writing on its own merits - cliques of "cool kids", who-you-know-ism, social snobbery, backstabbing, social climbing, playing and overplaying race cards, anything but caring about the quality of writing.

by Anonymousreply 243October 17, 2021 9:59 PM

I have a feeling good old Kidneygate will be around to remind people in the years to come.

And an ill wind will blow and it will say 'kidneygate... kidneygate...'

by Anonymousreply 244October 17, 2021 10:27 PM

Becky is really doing her best to make up for being a part of the CMs clique.

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by Anonymousreply 245October 17, 2021 11:12 PM

Good for Tuch!

Better late than never.

by Anonymousreply 246October 17, 2021 11:24 PM

Go for it, Becky!

She's the Sue Snell of the bunch.

Is Deb Porter the Betty Buckley/Miss Collins?

by Anonymousreply 247October 18, 2021 12:36 AM

R247 This isn’t over. Not by a long shot!

by Anonymousreply 248October 18, 2021 12:49 AM

The reference to this has been removed from Ng's Wikipedia page by administrators, evidently because court documents aren't supposed to be used as citations and no mainstream sources have published the texts. I hope someone does, though that may be too much to expect. She doesn't deserve to have this swept under the rug.

by Anonymousreply 249October 18, 2021 1:24 AM

Yaaassssss! Drag that Ng cunt!

by Anonymousreply 250October 18, 2021 3:31 AM

R247 That analogy is perfect.

by Anonymousreply 251October 18, 2021 7:14 AM

How old are all the bitches involved in this shitshow??

by Anonymousreply 252October 18, 2021 7:43 AM

Gen X/older millennial

by Anonymousreply 253October 18, 2021 11:21 AM

I hadn't seen this.

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by Anonymousreply 254October 18, 2021 10:59 PM

[quote]Oh this is hilarious, I've been blocked by Brandon. I've never even seen his Tweets other than here before, let alone commented on them.

Me too! And all I've done is like some of the kidneygate account's tweets. Brandon must be a terribly delicate flower.

by Anonymousreply 255October 19, 2021 1:01 AM

[quote] Notice how Larson, Ng ,and Gay have all doubled down on the racial angle because in 2021 the weakest identities (black, handicapped, indigenous female, immigrant, fat) confer the most social gravitas in elite institutions.

That's not true. Those identities, combined with an Ivy League degree confer gravitas in the press, not in the institutions themselves. Sure people from those backgrounds might run small niche programs or offices, but they aren't taken seriously by anyone else in the institution.

by Anonymousreply 256October 19, 2021 1:06 AM

[quote] The idiot going on about how they're all social equals understands nothing about social class. FYI, idiot, a Harvard degree doesn't automatically make you upper or upper-middle class, at least, not to people who've been upper or upper-middle class all their lives.

What r65 said. Also Dorland got grad degree from Harvard Divinity School, not an undergraduate degree. An Ivy League graduate degree (from divinity school, no less) is nothing in the eyes of the women ridiculing her.

by Anonymousreply 257October 19, 2021 1:09 AM

Yep. I have a master's from a top school, but I'm not really part of its network. I have friends who are and it's different for them. I definitely don't have their status.

by Anonymousreply 258October 19, 2021 1:42 AM

Interesting Reddit thread. I had no idea that the letter was intended for the last recipient of a kidney donation chain. I makes the misrepresentation of the letter and its intentions even more cruel.

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by Anonymousreply 259October 19, 2021 10:55 AM

R259 Did Arthur Chu write that? Why his image?

Either way, that reddit thread is a great write up, I wish anyone who read the original NYT article would read that.

by Anonymousreply 260October 19, 2021 1:17 PM

The thread at R259 is very much worth reading. The point it makes is that Dorland's letter was addressed to someone she would never meet, a person who didn't know any compatible candidate who was willing to donate a kidney. In other words, it was addressed to someone who might not have a family, or whose family would not help them, someone who might have felt very depressed and hopeless.

It's clear from Larson's story that she didn't understand that context, or, indeed the whole donation process. She didn't have the slightest curiosity about what Dorland had done or why she had done it.

by Anonymousreply 261October 19, 2021 6:35 PM

Wow so Larson (and enablers) are even nastier than they seemed last week.

by Anonymousreply 262October 19, 2021 7:35 PM

"It's clear from Larson's story that she didn't understand that context, or, indeed the whole donation process. She didn't have the slightest curiosity about what Dorland had done or why she had done it."

Clearly Larson lacks a few things as a writer, such as the empathy and imagination it takes to understand people who aren't like herself, and enough curiosity to research kidney donation before writing about it. If her career is toast, and it probably is, it's no loss to the literary world.

I think it was Tom Wolfe who harangued literary writers for writing about little but themselves, and being dull and self-absorbed as a result, so he told them (paraphrase) that if they could only write about what they knew then they needed to "know more". Basically, he told them to get off their asses and learn to research, find out what's going on with interesting people and write about *them* instead of just recycling your own coming of age.

by Anonymousreply 263October 19, 2021 7:45 PM

Has Ms. Larson come out of hiding yet?

by Anonymousreply 264October 19, 2021 7:52 PM

Becky still knocking it out the park--calling out that dipshit Almond.

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by Anonymousreply 265October 20, 2021 5:24 PM

From the other thread since so many can't comment there. Kolker's shitty justification for how he told the story. Fortunately a few in the comments are calling him out.

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by Anonymousreply 266October 20, 2021 5:26 PM

R265 LOL holy shit. She must think they've also been bad-mouthing her or something.

by Anonymousreply 267October 20, 2021 6:16 PM

R266, Kolker comes off as pretty vapid in that article. I think that’s one of the reasons that the story blew up—he treated it as some kind of “thought experiment,” but any onlooker could see that the story wasn’t simply about people with different perspectives.

by Anonymousreply 268October 20, 2021 9:22 PM

I wonder how the flying monkeys really feel about Larson and Ng who egged her on. Had it not been for her ill-advised lawsuit, the private texts wouldn't have been made part of discovery. Now the world knows what shitty people they are. Are they developing any awareness that they were thrown under the bus by a friend? (Under the bus -- exactly where they belong.)

by Anonymousreply 269October 20, 2021 9:47 PM

This is interesting:

[Quote]Gay was born in Omaha, Nebraska,[1] to Michael and Nicole Gay, both of Haitian descent.[8][9] Her mother was a homemaker and her father is owner of GDG Béton et Construction, a Haitian concrete company.[10][11]

Was Mr. Gay's company responsible for producing substandard concrete that's been implicated in housing collapses that killed thousands during the earthquakes? The chain of graft in Haiti extends to the U.S.? Has Roxane addressed that she might be the beneficiary of thousands of black Haitian's misery?

by Anonymousreply 270October 20, 2021 10:00 PM

R270 - people have been bringing that up to Roxane occasionally, also the fact she keeps pushing a charity that her father is on the board of. She chucked the usual hissy fit about it.

You get the feeling Roxane only cares about Haiti in as much as she can make it about herself being of Haitian descent. I mean her book An Untamed State has been criticised for making the evil Haitians the poor, struggling ones, and the good ones the wealthy ones, I know that much (showing, apparently, a complete misunderstanding of what is going on in Haiti).

by Anonymousreply 271October 20, 2021 10:11 PM

I was also surprised how shallow that article linked at R266 was. It’s like a high school student wrote it.

by Anonymousreply 272October 21, 2021 11:42 AM

R268 Kolker tried to make the story into Rashamon when it is really more of a Carrie situation.

Poor Dawn. Gaslit by Larson and now Gaslit by the NYT. Still, now at least she has more supporters now than she would have if the story was never published.

by Anonymousreply 273October 21, 2021 1:18 PM

Speaking of Roxane's father, she is currently in a feud with Louis Vuitton about him:

[quote]@LouisVuitton One of your associates, in Houston, denied my father entry into your store, harassed him for picking up a purchase that had been pre-arranged, demanded his ID and humiliated him. This is beyond unacceptable. I hope you make this right. He's 75, for fuck's sake. And your associates treated him like a criminal, for being black? No one should be treated like this. Clearly, @LouisVuitton has different standards for different customers.

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by Anonymousreply 274October 21, 2021 10:32 PM

Trying to shake down Louis Vuitton, R274? Tacky on every level.

by Anonymousreply 275October 21, 2021 10:37 PM

For someone who loves knocking white women, she really is an uber Karen.

by Anonymousreply 276October 21, 2021 11:03 PM

Roxane Gay is a grifting fat cunt.

by Anonymousreply 277October 21, 2021 11:18 PM

Well, that's the thing R276, she hates in herself what she perceives in others.

by Anonymousreply 278October 22, 2021 12:27 AM

Roxane plays episodes of SVU in the background while writing? Well, each to their own I guess, but...

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by Anonymousreply 279October 22, 2021 10:07 PM

Did you know that Roxanne Gay used to write X-Men comics? Yeah, I was watching this history of Marvel Comics thing (I know) and guess who popped up and proudly claimed to have increased representation of female and LGBT characters in the comics industry!

So if any of you are bitchfighting with her on Twitter, feel free to bring that up.

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by Anonymousreply 280October 23, 2021 6:11 AM

I think Roxane Gay is a cunt. Full stop.

by Anonymousreply 281October 23, 2021 7:31 AM

People I know who like Roxane have even said they thought her Marvel contribution wasn't very good, for what it's worth...

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