Jul 1 • 12M

Notes on SMIRK: So I went viral again (sigh)

This podcast provides some additional thoughts on recent parts of the book and SMIRK-related things that have come up in the past week.

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Brownstones in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the neighborhood where I lived with my ex-husband. (Getty Images)
Brownstones in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the neighborhood where I lived with my ex-husband. (Getty Images)

This past week featured a story in The Sunday Times (of the U.K.) about this very Substack that went viral on Twitter — mostly because of people hating on me from every possible angle. (Not the first time I’ve been in that hot seat. Sigh.)

One thing I was very unhappy about was that The Sunday Times piece included an awful lot of focus on my ex-husband, whom I have tried to avoid discussing publicly as much as possible. He is a private person, and I want to respect his privacy and let him live his life as far removed from my drama as he can be.

Obviously, he was a big part of my life and I can’t completely avoid mentioning him as I try to explain the events that unfolded over the past several years. But it brings me no pleasure to see his image and name publicized without his consent. The photos of him that have appeared in media did not come from me; all appear to have been lifted from social media accounts, as far as I can tell.

But what’s out is out, I suppose. To offer fuller context, I posted a section for paid subscribers which discussed why the “pefect little life” I left was maybe not so perfect for me. There are no villains or victims here. Just grownups making difficult choices and trying to live their lives as best they can.

Anyway, if you are a paying subscriber, you can also listen to this if you’d like to hear additional commentary.

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