And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects.
Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the web about books and related subjects. Here’s the best the internet has to offer for the week of November 26, 2017.
- Emma Cline, the author of The Girls, is being sued for plagiarism by her ex-boyfriend, whose lawyer (also previously retained by Harvey Weinstein) has adopted a completely disgusting slut-shaming tactic:
Reading through the allegations, Cline was stunned to find a section titled “Cline’s History of Manipulating Older Men,” which purported to illustrate how Boies Schiller would easily discredit her arguments about her former boyfriend’s treatment of her before a jury. “[E]vidence shows that Cline was not the innocent and inexperienced naïf she portrayed herself to be, and had instead for many years maintained numerous ‘relations’ with older men and others, from whom she extracted gifts and money,” the section began. What followed were thirteen pages containing screenshots of explicit chat conversations with lovers, including one in which Cline had sent a naked photo of herself (the photo was blacked out in the letter) to a boyfriend, explicit banter with people she’d met online, and snippets of her most intimate diary entries.
- Historical bummer time: It turns out that Mark Twain was one of those authors who is exceptionally good at writing about childhood and adolescence, and who also had relationships with children and teenagers that look pretty predatory from this side of history. (See also J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, and J.D. Salinger.)
Twain’s obsession with adolescent girls can be explained in part by his exalting of his own teenaged years—years of daring and adventure. His wife, after all, had nicknamed him Youth, and his most memorable fictional Read More Here