This might be the most exciting bit of news to hit the book world in I don’t even know how long. I mean, typically, I don’t think of the publishing world as very exciting with a lot of breaking news. It’s not like watching Trump trying to be President or anything.
But talk about a twisted bookish controversy that dropped this week!
If you’re not yet aware, wunderkind author AJ Finn – aka Dan Mallory – is, allegedly a total fucking sociopath and pathological liar.
Read the original article by Ian Parker for The New Yorker here and get ready to have your mind blown.
It’s a bit of a lengthy read, but totally worth it to get the full effect of the mindfuck that is Dan Mallory/AJ Finn.
I’ve been joking that I feel personally victimized by this epic bullshit because I so wholeheartedly pushed The Woman in the Window on anyone that I could. I dug that book hard. But I can’t, in good faith, let that be the case any longer. Does anyone care, probably not, but I just have to let it be known. I mean, can you separate the artist from the art? That’s going to be a personal decision here for readers.
But to be honest, the real-life story of Dan Mallory is 100% more interesting than his book, at this point.
If you don’t have time to read the full article, I’m basically going to post a TL;DR of my favourite bits from the exposé here for you.
It should be noted, even though I’m not going to be writing at length about it, that the original article makes a really amazing point of how easy it is for white men to fail up, and how our institutions are constructed to let this happen, even when they are known pieces of shit.
Sorry, alleged pieces of shit.
Truly, it’s worth 30 minutes of your time to read.
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