Wednesday, December 5th

Kate White is a bad girl! The Cosmo editrix, novelist and self-help maven advises against “good girl” thinking tonight, in a talk called “A Gutsy Woman’s Career Guide.” (“Good girl” thinking wasn’t really our problem, but anyway …) “The squeaky wheel really gets the grease,” said Ms. White, who, like many writers, is prone to metaphor. “I think one of the smartest things I’ve learned, that I used at Cosmo from the moment I got here, is that you’ve got to drain the swamp as you slay the alligators.” Also: “Those barracudas and passive-aggressive types and all those psychos in the workplace; they will come back and do the same thing again if you don’t slap ’em down.” We are so taking notes! Ms. White confirmed that the real secret to success is just as we suspected: “In the 80’s and 90’s, when women were first moving into big positions, they thought you had to be aggressive, assertive—but sugar lips works so much better.” Worked for Monica! (P.S.: That sound you hear is four decades of feminism going out the window.) Meanwhile, what’s this? A publisher actually throwing a luncheon for a first novelist! The goodly folks at G.P. Putnam’s Sons plug in the hot plates at the Modern for vampish Vogue writer Rebecca Johnson and her forthcoming novel, And Sometimes Why. Heck, the last time a book publisher paid for a party, Nora Ephron still felt good about her neck!

[Kate White: A Gutsy Woman’s Career Guide, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 7 p.m.,; Rebecca Johnson lunch, 12:30 p.m., the Modern, 9 West 53rd Street, 212-366-2543]