Writer/beauty editor/girl-about-town Cat Marnell has finally landed that book deal she got fired/quit her job for. (Well, that and smoking angel dust on the rooftop of Le Bain.) Right now, the sure to be drug- and sex-filled memoir is called How to Murder Your Life and Page Six says publisher Simon & Schuster signed her for a $500,000 book deal.
That's a lot of money to bet on someone who has repeatedly written about her inability to meet deadlines. Marnell, the daughter of a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst, first gained notice as the beauty editor at Lucky; she then wrote for her friend (and some say enabler) Jane Pratt at xoJane.com. Pratt fired Marnell after several stints in rehab. Since then, the famously honest writer has been working, somewhat sporadically, for VICE, ELLE UK, and now, a new magazine called GALORE, where she's apparently the sex editor and beauty editor.
There's been much talk in the blogosphere about how much of readers' rubbernecking is actually enabling Marnell instead of helping her. Then again, many have praised her for her honest depictions of drug use and sex, something that is hard to find in female writers, for whatever reason. Love her or hate her, people can't seem to get enough. Marnell was even mentioned in last week's New Yorker in a piece about the rise of the "failure memoir."
Page Six gives us some insight into her book proposal, which includes four abortions, sex with white rappers, and getting "choked out by a Park Avenue millionaire kid in a pine grove by the reservoir at 4 a.m."
Simon and Schuster would only say "We don't comment on author advances," but Marnell did tell The Atlantic Wire: "I can't confirm anything except that I am very excited and the book will be worth every penny." We don't doubt that for a second.
[via Page Six]
[via The Atlantic Wire]