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Lena Dunham vs. Gawker: Don't Post My $3.7 Million Book Proposal UPDATE

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 7, 2012 at 8:02PM

UPDATE: Lena Dunham's legal team has subsequently had the 60-page proposal, which was originally published on Gawker, taken offline. The below lines from the proposal still appear on the Gawker site.
Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham

UPDATE: Lena Dunham's legal team has asked Gawker to take offline her book proposal for "Not That Kind of Girl." The quotes below from the proposal still appear on the Gawker site. And Gawker has gone on the rampage against Dunham, presumably because she's too successful for a 26-year-old woman. Or because it will get traffic. Take your pick.

EARLIER: Gawker posted 26-year-old "Girls" creator Lena Dunham's 66-page proposal for a Helen Gurley Brown advice book ala "Having It All," which yielded a heavy bidding war in October and a $3.7 million Random House book deal. (That's $56,000 per page.) It also brooks comparison to "Bridget Jones Diary," as the proposal details Dunham's feelings about eating and dieting.

Check it out below, complete with headings and illos, via Gawker. Some sample lines:

    When I was about nine I developed a terrible fear of being anorexic.

    Once I had a vegan dinner party which was chronicled for the style section of the New York Times.

    Once at poetry camp I saw my friend Joana in a bikini.....

    I immediately started seeing my mother's nutritionist, Vinnie.

    Every ice pop I ate, every movie I watched, every poem I wrote was tinged with a fearful loss.

    Cassie was a very fat girl we knew who we had nicknamed fat Cassie because she also wasn't that nice.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.