July 20, 2005


This story, via no relation: At least he didn't dump her because she'd been blogging about their relationship, before he wrote an article about it in the Times. That seems to be the gold standard for indiscretion these days.

The moral, probably, is don't date a writer. If you've gone to the trouble of writing something, will you refuse to publish just because it violates someone's privacy? I think not.

(There's a good Alice Munro story about this sort of issue, "Material"; and an excellent one, in Hateship etc. I think, whose name I've forgotten. And Zuckerman Unbound is mostly about this, though much more vehemently taking the writer's side, I think.)

Posted by Matt Weiner at July 20, 2005 01:28 PM

Yes, I worry about that writing thing, especially as basically my only material is people I know.

Don't date a writer, or else have a really thick skin.

Posted by: bitchphd at July 21, 2005 08:33 PM