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December 16th, 2005
Further Proof I’m Out Of Touch

I saw this sale notice in Publishers Lunch:

FICTION: GENERAL/OTHER
28-year old Emily Davies’ HOW TO WEAR BLACK: Adventures on Fashion’s Front-line, a memoir of her four years as fashion writer for London’s Times, immersed in a surreal, luxurious and terrifying world of lavish gifts, fashionably skeletal obsessives and couture warfare, to Sarah McGrath at Scribner, in a major deal, at auction, by Zoe Pagnamenta at PFD New York on behalf of Simon Trewin at PFD UK (NA).

No offense to Emily Davies. Really, none. I’m thrilled for her in scoring a major deal. I’m happy whenever anyone gets a great deal. Kudos. But – yeah, there’s a but – it feels as if this has been done…and done… and done. I know the angle here is different because it’s a memoir. Maybe others still get a thrill out of this. Not me. The glam lit stuff has always been my least favorite. There’s only so much ground to cover here.