An insiders perspective on today's media.
Alex Lyons gets paid to be a bitch. As a staffer at Chick Habit, a popular website for women, she’s fulfilling her dream of being a professional writer. Maybe she’s not writing about virtuous women’s rights issues like she did in college, but now she has the attention of a huge-and hugely devoted-audience. From methy former beauty queens to bathtub-birthing moms and the antics of various Kardashians, it’s all in a day’s work for Alex.
So what if it means burrowing into the couch while her boyfriend is at the office, compulsively scouring the Web for twelve hours a day, wearing the same muumuu a few days in a row, and eating a sad desk salad for every lunch because she’s chained to her laptop? The last time she left her computer for more than 10 minutes, a 70s TV star died, and Alex’s boss tore her a new one because she didn’t get a post up before the body was cold. Since Chick Habit’s parent company has been cracking down about page views, Alex knows her job is at risk if she doesn’t keep posting the most salacious items she can find in the most inflammatory manner possible. When an anonymous tipster sends Alex the juiciest scoop of the year—a politico’s squeaky-clean Ivy League daughter caught in the act of some very R-rated activity, posting it seems like a no-brainer. But as Alex prepares to ignite the next Internet feeding frenzy, she hesitates: is she ready to ruin the girl’s life? What Alex doesn’t anticipate is how the big scoop will send her own life spiraling out of control.
Acquiring editor Katherine Nintzel fell in love with Grose’s work because of her own fascination with pop culture, “I will be honest here: the first thing I do when I come into work in the morning is check thesuperficial.com to see what shenanigans the celebrities have been up to. I love celebrity gossip. I love that Joshua Jackson seems to be such a good boyfriend to Diane Kruger. I really wish Lindsay Lohan would get herself cleaned up. I don’t understand why Rooney Mara feels the need to dress like Lisbeth Salander ALL THE TIME. So SAD DESK SALAD was sort of tailor-made for me. It’s a sharp, fast-paced, zipline of a read that takes you behind the scenes of one of New York’s major industries—and is at the same time very sharp about our celebrity- and media-obsessed culture.”
Pop culture and women’s interest websites have enjoyed enormous popularity over the past few years, based largely on the all-important scoop. Grose hits just the right notes, humorous but honest, putting a fresh, timely spin on light women’s fiction. SAD DESK SALAD also offers behind-the-scenes look at the life of a blogger, and it’s not always pretty. Perfect for readers who check their favorite blogs while picking at their own sad desk salad lunch.
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