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There are currently two—count them!—two books about being a blogger yellowing in the windows of a bookstore near you: David Goodwillie’s American Subversive and Emily Gould’s And the Heart Says Whatever. (Can you hear that whooshing sound? That’s John Gardner, spinning in his grave!) But while the former is a saccharine novelization of New York’s incestuous media community, the latter is a much more palatable tear-down of the same. Gould, after all, didn’t leave New York’s blogosphere on the best of terms. A horrible bitch-out on Jimmy Kimmel’s show was followed by a nervous breakdown, a tail-tucked exit from Nick Denton’s slave ship, and a piece about it all in the New York Times mag that made her something of a temporary laughingstock. (Ma to Pa: Are we supposed to feel sorry for her?!) And now there’s a book distilling it all, from an oh-so-hard childhood in Silver Spring to writing books like this one. Entertaining and occasionally as careless as its title, And the Heart Says Whatever is like the DSM: Gen Y edition.
GOULD SPEAKS AT 8 P.M. AT BORDERS BOOKSTORE, 8518 FENTON ST., SILVER SPRING (SAME TIME TUESDAY AT SIXTH & I SYNAGOGUE). FREE. (301) 585-0550