Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald
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[BRIEF NOTE] Pop Culture Will Eat Itself

Jessica Cutler's new book The Washingtonienne is available for purchase across North America now.

Who is Jessica Cutler? A year and a half ago, she was a young woman in her mid-20s who came to Washington D.C. to work as an intern at Congress, decided to carry on a half-dozen affairs simultaneously out of boredom and a desire to make some extra money, and proceeded to write everything in a blog. This blog--intended for friends only--managed to get into wider circulation even after she deleted the blog (here's backup copy), with first Wonkette (1, 2) then the Washington Post ("The Hill's Sex Diarist Reveals All (Well, Some)," "Blog Interrupted") covering the scandalous details. She got fired for misusing office equipment, but she got a quarter-million dollar book contract.

What is The Washingtonienne about? It's about a young woman in her mid-20s who came to Washington D.C. to work as an intern at Congress, decided to carry on a half-dozen affairs simultaneously out of boredom and a desire to make some extra money, and proceeded to write everything in a blog. This blog--intended for friends only--managed to get into wider circulation even after she deleted the blog. She ends up getting fired, but she emerges much the better for it.

Sometimes, the thing that bugs me most about early 21st century popular culture is its unimaginativeness.
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