Since the end of the last season of The Real Housewives of New York, Aviva Drescher has been on the outs with the other wives. This week (as the top of our intelligent T.V. screens were keen to remind us) kicked off #bookgate. Aviva, writing her own memoir, turned to Carole Radziwill for advice on the writing life. But in a matter of minutes (45 or so as the fates and Andy Cohen had it), it all went south. The episode ended with Aviva and Carole hurling accusations at each other. Well, one accusation: That neither woman wrote her book alone. Each believes the other worked with a ghostwriter.
Aviva has been clamoring to mend fences since last year's debacle with Ramona Singer. She genuinely seems to want to climb back into this social melee (god help her). She turned to Carole, someone she has long admired, for help and was met with straight-up hostility.
Whatever you think of someone, essentially snipping because you dislike them isn't just poor form, it's guaranteed to make you the bigger banana-head. That's exactly what happened here for Carole.
She is a writer (a good one!) and had the opportunity to share a little bit of what her experience has been with a woman who has less experience. Carole said her beef with Aviva was her lying about using a ghostwriter. I think her real issue was her belief that Aviva was trying to ingratiate herself to Carole and it wasn't sitting well with her.
It looks like this fight isn't going to end swiftly. I guess the fact that there's a hashtag dedicated to its splendor says it all. There will be yelling, and face-squeezing, and somewhere a writer of zero import will finish their first novel and probably no one will ever read it until they are a-molderin' in the grave. Sonja Morgan colors back in another hole on another expensive purse from another life. She knows exactly what I mean.
Who do you think is currently winning #bookgate?
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