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Emily Gould

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in Silver Spring, Maryland, The United States
October 13, 1981




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Emily Gould was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. She went to Kenyon College for two years, then completed her B.A. at Eugene Lang College (The New School for Liberal Arts) in New York City. She has lived in NYC - first in the East Village, then in Greenpoint, and now in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn -- since May 2001.

Since moving to New York Emily has had a number of jobs, including work at Hyperion Books and Gawker.com. In 2008 she completed Alison West's 200 hour yoga teacher training and in 2010 she completed her basic back care yoga certification. She runs Emily Books, a feminist publishing project (www.emilybooks.com).

Besides yoga, she loves going to museums especially PS1, birdwatching and karaoke.

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Emily Gould I'm so steeped in technology, for better or for worse, that I didn't consciously work to accomplish this (thank you!) but I did have to work at…moreI'm so steeped in technology, for better or for worse, that I didn't consciously work to accomplish this (thank you!) but I did have to work at keeping technological details consistent during the revision process. I worked on the book over the period of 4 years, during which time technology changed a lot. In the first few drafts the characters didn't have iPhones yet (because their creator didn't) but by the final draft they had to have iPhones, not only because I did but because it was INCONCEIVABLE that those people would not have and use iPhones. I did worry about those details drawing attention to themselves and dating the book, and also about cultural details dating the book (as when the characters watch Teen Mom and Keeping Up With The Kardashians.) But it's rare to read a book that's so chockablock with cultural references that the passage of time has rendered it incomprehensible, right? Maybe like two Bret Easton Ellis books but that's it. Anyway, Keeping Up With The Kardashians will probably be the one thing from our society that remains after humans become extinct, so I probably shouldn't worry too hard about that. (less)
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I mean, I love my Mom and she's a Virgo and I'm a Libra with Aries moon and Aries rising. So really…more
LOL. Are you a Cancer? (Seriously, are you?)

I mean, I love my Mom and she's a Virgo and I'm a Libra with Aries moon and Aries rising. So really anything is possible. There's hope for us. (less)
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Recently Raffi realized that he can pull up my shirt and poke my belly button and play a drumbeat on my stomach. He finds this hilarious. I think it’s the existence of my stomach, one – stomachs are inherently funny – and also that he can reveal or conceal it via pulling my shirt up and down. I probably shouldn’t let him do this but it makes him happy, so I indulge him. I say stuff like “you al...

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“I stopped typing and started having a conversation about the blog post with my boyfriend. He said he’d liked the part where the narrator had explained that, while she was disturbed by the revelation that the Internet writer had a girlfriend – because that meant he wasn’t the pure ethical person she’d perceived him to be via reading his literary criticism (which, !) –she was flattered and aroused that he was overcoming his principles in order to be with her.

Keith said, “It’s like he can do no wrong. I thought that was nice.”

I surprised myself by turning to him and shouting. “It’s a SLAVE MENTALITY. IT’S A SLAVE MENTALITY!!!”

I tried to explain what I meant.

I talked about how Ellen Willis had a theory that women didn’t know what their true sexuality was like, because they’d been conditioned to develop fantasies that enable them to act in a way that conforms to what men want from them, or what they think men want from them. And I thought about how Eileen Myles described the difference between having sex with men and having sex with women, how having sex with men was more about forcing yourself into what their idea of what sex was supposed to be. I told him that in my experience men do not often become suddenly charmed or intrigued by aspects of women that they have also perceived as off-putting or scary. Men, heterosexual men, don’t tend to make excuses for women and find reasons to admire them despite and even slightly because of their faults, unless their faults are cute little hole-in-the-stocking faults. Whereas women, heterosexual women, are capable of finding being ignored, being alternately worshiped and insulted, not to mention male pattern baldness, not just tolerable but erotic.”
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“As a child I was a little bit disgusted and embarrassed to learn about the facts of life, and did not immediately connect the idea of “sex” to the feelings I got when I lay on the carpet on my stomach,idly humping a stuffed animal while watching Sesame Street. The realization that sex could be something to anticipate happily rather than to dread as another unpleasant grown-up duty came to me in a dream. Nothing overtly sexual even happened in this dream—it was a dream about lying in bed on a sunny afternoon with sun streaking the sheets, surrounded by warmth, feeling satisfied. It took life a long time for life to catch up with what this idealized version of sex could be like; it’s still not like that every time, but when it is, I notice.”
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