Last summer, the Observer profiled an aspiring memoirist who goes by Royal Young; Mr. Young, whose writing deals with his relationships, his Lower East Side parents’ unorthodox child-rearing methods, and his substance use, will say just about anything to get a reaction. “My greatest fear is that people read it and they’re like, ‘It was O.K.,’” he told us.
Now Mr. Young will have a chance to get his writing, and life experiences, gauged by a wider audience than his readings on Eldridge Street. He’s sold a memoir to small press Heliotrope Books. The Lo-Down, which reported the news, noted that “Royal offers a fresh perspective on the pursuit of fame.” His memoir is to be called Fame Shark, the title Mr. Young uses to refer to his own ever-swimming hunt for renown.