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

by Anne Thompson
December 7, 2012 8:02 PM
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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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  • Arch | December 8, 2012 8:37 AMReply

    For the record (and just for fun) that's more that seven times the amount of the McArthur Fellowship (recently awarded to Junot Diaz). Does this mean she's seven times more talented than... I don't know ... the regretted-by-me David Foster Wallace ?

  • Joe | December 8, 2012 5:24 AMReply

    I guess you're not fucking kidding me. Although you should be. Someone direct Lena to a clothing store, as she's looking a wee bit clothes deficient.

  • Andrew S | December 7, 2012 8:59 PMReply

    This is like having your five-year-old drive a school bus.

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