[Marxism] Random House proves its incompetence

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Oct 8 12:20:36 MDT 2012

(These assholes won't print my memoir and pay $3.5 million for what will 
most assuredly be the worst piece of crap ever written. Grrrr.)

NY Times October 8, 2012, 10:32 am
Lena Dunham Signs Book Deal for More Than $3.5 Million

Random House has acquired a book by Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old writer, 
actor and filmmaker, in one of the most heated auctions of the year.

The debut essay collection, "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells 
You What She's Learned," was hotly pursued by publishers after Ms. 
Dunham, the writer and star of the HBO comedy "Girls," circulated a 
66-page proposal with color, illustrations and a humor that publishing 
executives predicted could produce another best seller like Tina Fey's 
blockbuster memoir, "Bossypants."

Bidding climbed past $3.5 million, several publishers who were involved 
in the negotiations said. Theresa Zoro, a spokeswoman for Random House, 
declined to comment on the advance.

Ms. Dunham chose Random House Publishing Group over the weekend after 
meeting with several publishers as late as Friday afternoon. The deal 
was negotiated by Gina Centrello, president and publisher of the Random 
House Publishing Group. Ms. Dunham was represented by Kimberly 
Witherspoon, a literary agent with Inkwell Management.

Susan Kamil, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Random House, 
confirmed the acquisition on Monday, saying in a statement, "We're 
thrilled to welcome Lena to Random House. Her skill on the page as a 
writer is remarkable-fresh, wise, so assured. She is that rare literary 
talent that will only grow from strength to strength and we look forward 
to helping her build a long career as an author."

Random House described the book as "in the tradition of Helen Gurley 
Brown, David Sedaris, and Nora Ephron," offering "frank and funny advice 
on everything from sex to eating to traveling to work." Random House 
bought U.S. and Canadian rights to the book.

According to the proposal, a copy of which was obtained by the Times, 
the book will cover topics like work, friendship, travel, sex, love and 
mortality. One chapter is described as "an account of some radically and 
hilariously inappropriate ways I have been treated at work/by 
professionals because of my age and gender."

Another chapter, titled "Body," reads, "Red lipstick with a sunburn: How 
to dress for a business meeting and other hard-earned fashion lessons 
from the size 10 who went to the Met Ball."

The essay collection will be edited by Andy Ward, an executive editor at 
Random House.

Ms. Dunham said in a statement that she was "thrilled to be working with 
and learning from the brilliant minds at Random House, and to be among 
their incredible roster of authors. I look forward to digging deep with 
Andy and co. to produce the most thoughtful and personal book I can."

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