A few weeks ago, a talented writer named Emily Gould submitted a review of a "lad lit" anthology called Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me. The editor of the book is Daily Show/Colbert co-creator Ben Karlin. Wow! I thought upon reading the review. Men sure are jerks! In fact, I ventured further, maybe the men who would seem not to be jerks are the biggest jerks of all! I tucked the review away, wondering if maybe Emily could do something to "advance" this argument. Well, guess what happened in the intervening weeks? Well, for one, Emily's ex-boyfriend wrote an incredibly terrible essay about her in Page Six Magazine. The story was exactly like something out of Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me in that purported to convey how the author learned some sort of life lesson from a failed relationship but actually just made him look like a more self-obsessed prick than anyone thought he was in the first place. (But: it was also really bad.) And then! The editor of the anthology in question, Ben Karlin, turned out to be a really big jerk, according to this New York Observer story about how he screwed this guy* who moved into his building. You know what? I thought. Fuck it, my argument just advanced itself. Things Emily learned from Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me after the jump.
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