11:54 am - 12/07/2012

Here Is Lena Dunham’s $3.7 Million Book Proposal


Rich girl Lena Dunham sold a book of "frank and funny advice on everything from sex to eating to traveling to work" to Random House for $3.7 million in October on the strength of an illustrated 66-page proposal. Here it is, weighing in at $56,000 or so per page.

Dunham, a 26-year-old described by Random House as "a rare literary talent," proposed to structure the book as an advice tome in the tradition of Helen Gurley Brown's Having It All. To judge by the proposal—which has been described elsewhere but is published here for the first time—it's more of an invitation to get lost in the mind of a girl who is lost in her own mind. It's basically literary lifecasting: Fully 13% of the proposal's pages are devoted to reproducing a diary Dunham kept of what she ate in 2010. And she intends to devote an as-yet-unwritten chapter to "a collection of emails that screw the pooch, jump the gun, and terrify men." Also, Dunham thinks she has the "beginnings of a FUPA (fat upper pussy area)" and wants to write about that, in her book of advice for women.

Julia Allison eat your heart out.

Here are some sentences you will find in it:

•I went to my first Women's Action Coalition meeting at age three.

• I've been in therapy since I was seven.

•When I was about nine I developed a terrible fear of being anorexic.

•When I was about nine I wrote a vow of celibacy.... I knew my mother had waited until the summer after she graduated [high school].

•At 24 I felt like an old maid....

•When I got to college I suddenly had the sense that my upbringing hadn't been very "real."

•Once I had a vegan dinner party which was chronicled for the style section of the New York Times.

•Once at poetry camp I saw my friend Joana in a bikini.....

•I immediately started seeing my mother's nutritionist, Vinnie.

•Every ice pop I ate, every movie I watched, every poem I wrote was tinged with a fearful loss.

•Cassie was a very fat girl we knew who we had nicknamed fat Cassie because she also wasn't that nice.

•I've never kept a diary, [because] if a girl writes in her diary and no one's there to ready it did she really write at all?

Proposal @ the source

emologues 7th-Dec-2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
yeah like a student at our university went missing earlier this year and then ended up being found dead so ever since we've made a promise to always let each other know where we are, regardless of the situation. like even if i go home with someone, even if its just a friend, i'll still text my friends just to let them know where i am

Edited at 2012-12-07 08:11 pm (UTC)
littlehayzay 7th-Dec-2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
same thing happened near me, kid drowned after going to the bar and they didn't find him for weeks and weeks
hera_bearrra 7th-Dec-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Was this in the OC area?
littlehayzay 7th-Dec-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
nope boston
frenchverbs 7th-Dec-2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
In Boston right? That was such a weird story.
empyrealmaiden 7th-Dec-2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
Waaait do you go to NU?
emologues 7th-Dec-2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
lol i do. do you?
empyrealmaiden 7th-Dec-2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yes! It was all so sad and I still think the whole situation is pretty shady. I knew they guy kind of (we were in a GSW together) and he never seemed like the kind to get out of control to a point where... yeah IDK. :( This has been a really odd year. Two deaths? Ugh. IDEK.
emologues 7th-Dec-2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
:((( it's really sad/awful. but always nice seeing a fellow wildcat on ontd!
beatlesluv 7th-Dec-2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
Oops I see your point. Wish she would have shot a quick text saying she was about to have sex before she did her thing. :/ <33333

EDIT: Tell her next time to txt you before she gets down to business imo...i saw this thread and I see your point <3

Edited at 2012-12-07 09:33 pm (UTC)
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