October 10, 1967 |
|Relative(s)||Daniel Filipacchi (father), Sondra Peterson (mother)|
Amanda Filipacchi (pron.: //; born October 10, 1967) is an American writer, born in Paris and educated in both France and the U.S. She is the author of three novels, Nude Men (1993), Vapor (1999), and Love Creeps (2005). Her work has been widely translated, and she has been praised for her comic talent.
Early life 
Filipacchi was born in Paris, and was educated in France and the U.S. She is the daughter of former model Sondra Peterson and Daniel Filipacchi, chairman of Hachette Filipacchi Médias. She has been writing since the age of thirteen and completed three unpublished novels in her teenage years. She has been living in New York since she was 17. She attended Hamilton College, where she graduated with a BA in Creative Writing. In 1990, Filipacchi enrolled in Columbia University’s MFA fiction writing program, where she wrote a master's thesis which she later turned into her first published novel, Nude Men.
In 1992, when Filipacchi was twenty-four years old and before her graduation, her agent, Melanie Jackson, sold Nude Men to Nan Graham at Viking Press. The novel was translated widely and was anthologized in The Best American Humor 1994 (published by Simon & Schuster 1994).
Reviewers have called Filipacchi "a prodigious postfeminist talent", and a "lovely comic surrealist". The Boston Globe described her writing style as "reminiscent in certain ways of Muriel Spark ... brisk, witty, knowing, mischievous." Love Creeps (referred to in a review by Alexis Soloski in The Village Voice as having "oddball situations and merrily acidic dialogue") was one of The Village Voice's top 25 books of the year.
Wikipedia op-ed 
In an April 2013 op-ed for the New York Times, Filipacchi made allegations of sexism regarding Wikipedia's classification of American novelists after she noticed multiple editors moving female writers out of the general category of "American novelists" and into a subcategory for "American women novelists". She stated this was a "small, easily fixable thing ... that make[s] it harder and slower for women to gain equality in the literary world." The op-ed spurred an outcry from feminists and other commentators, who echoed her concerns about sexism and the alleged minimization of female novelists on the site. Filipacchi subsequently accused editors in a follow-up New York Times piece of targeting the Wikipedia page about her in retaliation for her criticism. Andrew Leonard of Salon described this as "revenge editing" and supported his description of the event by quoting combative remarks about Filipacchi made by the primary user involved. Filipacchi later wrote an additional article in The Atlantic, rebutting media stories that attributed the recategorization of female novelists to the work of a single editor, and listed seven different users who were responsible for recategorizing the seventeen women writers mentioned in her op-ed.
- Amanda Filipacchi (1993). Nude Men. Viking/Penguin. ISBN 978-0140178920.
- Amanda Filipacchi (1999). Vapor. Carroll & Graf. ISBN 978-0786706174.
- Amanda Filipacchi (2006). Love Creeps. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0312340322.
- "Amanda Filipacchi.". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2006.
- Hoban, Phoebe (14 January 1993). "Brief Lives: Skin Deep". New York Magazine. p. 30. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- ""Bio" page". amandafilipacchi.com. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- Including German, French, Slovak, Danish, Dutch, Turkish, German, French, Italian, Hebrew, Swedish, and Russian. "Records in Index Translationum database". Index Translationum. UNESCO. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Waldoks, Moshe (1994). Best American Humor 1994. Touchstone. p. 10. ISBN 0-671-89940-6.
- Dupont, Pepita (4 July 2006). "Amanda Filipacchi: Deux Variations sur la Meme T'Aime". Paris Match (in French). Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- "New & Recommended". Boston Globe. 19 June 2005. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- Love Creeps has been translated into French, Polish, and Dutch. Vapor was published in French, Italian, and Polish. "Records in Index Translationum database". Index Translationum. UNESCO. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- "Vapor" (unsigned review). Publishers Weekly. March 29, 1999. Retrieved 29 April 2013. "Her novel showcases a prodigious postfeminist talent."
- Sicha, Choire (18 April 2004). "Plum's Tarts". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- "Exploring the slippery nature of desire". Boston Globe. 2005-06-12. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
- Soloski, Alexis (31 May 2005). "Page-Burners". The Village Voice. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- "Top Shelf 2005". The Village Voice. December 6, 2005. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
- Filipacchi, Amanda (2013-04-24). "Wikipedia’s Sexism Toward Female Novelists". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
- Rawlinson, Kevin (26 April 2013). "Wikipedia in sexism row after labelling Harper Lee and others 'women novelists' while men are 'American novelists'". The Independent. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Zandt, Deanna (26 April 2013). "Yes, Wikipedia Is Sexist – That's Why It Needs You". Forbes. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Filipacchi, Amanda (27 April 2013). "Wikipedia’s Sexism". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Leonard, Andrew (30 April 2013). "Wikipedia’s shame". Salon.com. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- Filipacchi, Amanda (30 April 2013). "Sexism on Wikipedia Is Not the Work of 'a Single Misguided Editor'". The Atlantic. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
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- Official website
- Amanda Filipacchi at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Amanda Filipacchi in libraries (WorldCat catalog)