January 16, 2010
Crunch Time: Selling Tales of the Great Downturn
This is exactly why we all hate you, New York Times.
The new George Clooney film, “Up in the Air,” hit a nerve with its portrayal of an unmoored corporate executioner who makes his living by firing people. Now several writers and their publishers are hoping to catch the same wave with a cluster of forthcoming memoirs and novels that describe the fallout of losing a job, losing a house or losing an investment account.
Call it layoff lit. Next month will bring “The Bag Lady Papers,” a memoir by Alexandra Penney, the former editor in chief of Self magazine, who said she had lost all her savings to Bernard L. Madoff. In May Dominique Browning, the former editor of House & Garden, has a memoir, “Slow Love: How I Got Kicked Off the Fast Track, Put My Pajamas On for a Year & Found Happiness.”
Wait. There have never, ever, ever been books like this before?
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