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The Soapbox: On Kathleen Hale & The Thick, Opaque Line Between Standing Up For Yourself And Harassing Your Detractors

The Soapbox: On Kathleen Hale And The Thick, Opaque Line Between Standing Up For Yourself And Harassing Your Detractors

Author Kathleen Hale has been in the middle of a shitstorm this weekend because of an essay she wrote for The Guardian about how she stalked a Goodreads reviewer to try to prove that she — the reviewer — wasn’t who she said she was. Why that matters, no one can really figure out. Hale’s beef was that the reviewer, who goes by the name Blythe Harris on Goodreads and elsewhere but — at least from what Hale could infer — is presenting a false persona online (who’s named Blythe these days, anyway?) posted a pre-release review of Hale’s book No One Else Can Ever Have You that was profanity-laced and described problems with the book that had no apparent correlation to the book itself. Hale obsessed over it, found out that there’s a whole community of online reviewers who bully authors for no apparent reason, and proceeded to dox Harris, both privately, and, ultimately, more publicly through the Guardian essay. Hale went so far as to book a car rental months in advance and showed up on Harris’s doorstep. Keep reading »

UPDATED: Nora Ephron Dead Of Cancer, Say Her Friends On The Internet

Update, 8:15: Nora Ephron has died at age 71, both The Washington Post and CBS News have confirmed.

Much confusion in The Frisky offices this evening: folks are saying that iconic journalist and screenwriter Nora Ephron has died. Gossip columnist Liz Smith posted an article todayon the site WowOwow, which seems to eulogize Ephron, with lines like “I won’t say, “Rest in peace, Nora” – I will just ask “What the hell will we do without you?”” Likewise, WowOwow advice columnist Margo Howard has been tweeting news of her alleged death: “A very accomplished writer died. Nora Ephron, from cancer” and “Well, to those of you who can’t find the news of Nora Ephron’s death, the funeral is Thursday – and maybe that’s the way she wanted it.”

Ephron’s publisher Knopf has supposedly said Eprhon is very much alive. Also, The New York Observer contacted Ephron’s representatives, who issued ”a blanket no-comment policy” on Smith’s post. We here at The Frisky are hoping — desperately, desperately hoping — this is all untrue and some big, weird prank. We will keep you posted as soon as we know. (Image via Getty)

Update, 6p.m.: MariaElena Fernandez, a senior entertainment reporter for Newsweek, has tweeted, “Nora Ephron news is not a hoax but she has not passed away. She is not expected to make it through tonight. This is the truth.”

Update, 6:42 p.m.: Liz Smith has spoken to The Hollywood Reporter and said this morning she talked with Nora Ephron’s son, who said she “was dying” but “I can’t confirm it.”

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