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Emily Gould Talks About Her New Book And the Heart Says Whatever

Well Said: "If a Woman Writes About Herself, She's a Narcissist"


"If a woman writes about herself, she’s a narcissist. If a man does the same, he’s describing the human condition. But people seem to evaluate your work based on how much they relate to it, so it’s like, well, who’s the narcissist?"

— Author Emily Gould talks to New York magazine about the obligatory backlash that accosts women who write about themselves. Her memoir, And the Heart Says Whatever, is out today.


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BookPeddler BookPeddler 7 years
Emily Gould is full of crap. I'm so sick of women using the victim card as a way to escape legitimate criticism. ("You're just saying that because I'm a woman!") Emily Gould is called a narcissist, not because she's a woman, but because she's a narcissist; a navel-gazing, miserable, passive/aggressive, narcissist who seems to think it's illegal for people to dislike her and her boring-as-hell writing.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
lilk I agree with your comment #1.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
That being said, I'd consider picking up her book, as it's a humorous memoir and I typically find those more enjoyable. I've also heard her humor is pretty dry and that type of humor usually appeals to me.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I see some truth to what she's saying, but I generally think a lot of the writers (both male and female) of the recent wave of memoirs are somewhat narcissistic.
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