As in today’s Observer, NY Daily News gossips Rush and Molloy get in a little on Lauren Weisberger’s new book, noting that “The Devil Wears Prada author gets even in her new book with witty Gawker founder Elizabeth Spiers, who trashed her on the blog. ‘If anyone finds out exactly what Ms. Weisberger is an ‘insider’ in, do let us know,’ she wrote,” they say.
Of course, that Gawker item was written after Ms. Spiers was safely ensconced at New York magazine, but the point remains. (In fact, there’s a new theme in chick lit of (totally fantasized) horrible abusive bloggers in the Big City; see also Deborah Schoeneman’s forthcoming book.)
In any event, the name “Weisberger” appears 25 times on Gawker, and 13 of those appearances are during Ms. Spiers’ tenure. Here are a few selected items of Ms. Spiers’ horrible, cruel mauling of Ms. Weisberger:
July 7, 2003: “When the NYT had former Harper’s Bazaar editor and [Vogue editor] Anna Wintour protegee Kate Betts review The Devil Wears Prada, (Lauren Weisberger’s roman-a-clef about her job as Anna’s assistant) I thought it was incredibly unfair…”
April 24, 2003: “Shameless but relevant self-promotion: I interviewed Lauren Weisberger, the author of The Devil Wears Prada (a roman a clef about Vogue editor Anna Wintour) on Monday for Salon.”
April 14, 2003: “How naive do you have to be to sign up to work for [Vogue Editor] Anna Wintour, expecting that she’s going to be nice to you? She’s Anna Wintour, for god’s sake! Of course she’s going to abuse you! It’s her job!”
April 13, 2003: “As far as book reviews go, Betts’ review isn’t an actual review. There’s no discussion of the novel as a piece of literature. It’s really just an ethical analysis of Weisberger’s decision to trash her ex-boss in print…”
Yow! Harsh! Meow!