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Emily Gould
Gould at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival
Gould at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival
Born (1981-10-13) October 13, 1981 (age 38)
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
OccupationWriter, editor, blogger
GenreFiction, non-fiction

Emily Gould (born October 13, 1981) is an American author, novelist and blogger who rose to prominence as an editor at[1][2][3] She has written several short stories and novels and is the co-owner, with fellow writer Ruth Curry, of the independent e-bookstore Emily Books.


Gould graduated from Eugene Lang College after having attended Kenyon College.[4]


Gould began her blogging career as one half of The Universal Review before starting her own blog, Emily Magazine,[5] and writing for on a freelance basis. Before joining the Gawker staff, Gould was an associate editor at Disney's Hyperion imprint.[6] Gould's work for Gawker eventually attracted media attention from several publications including The New York Times, as well as significant controversy.[7][8][9][10] She left Gawker in November 2007.[11]

Gould is the co-author, with Zareen Jaffery, of the young-adult novel Hex Education, which was released by Penguin's Razorbill imprint in May 2007.[12] She is also the author of a collection of essays, And the Heart Says Whatever, published by Free Press in May 2010.[1] Her semi-autobiographical novel Friendship was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2014).[13]

Gould is the co-owner, with fellow writer Ruth Curry, of the independent e-bookstore Emily Books.[14][15] Emily Books has a publishing imprint with Coffee House Press.[16]


Gawker Stalker and Jimmy Kimmel

On April 6, 2007, Emily Gould appeared on an episode of Larry King Live hosted by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel during a panel discussion titled "Paparazzi: Do they go too far?"[17] During the interview, Kimmel accused Gould of irresponsible journalism resulting from Gould's popular blog and the "Gawker Stalker" feature, which allowed users to update the whereabouts of celebrities in New York City. Kimmel mentioned the possibility of assisting real stalkers, adding that Gould and her website could ultimately be responsible for someone's death, and that's content was frequently untruthful. Gould stated that the section of the website represented "citizen journalism" and went on to say that no one expected everything in the section to be true. The interview attracted media attention and resulted in an overwhelmingly negative response for Gould.[2][18][19]

On May 4, 2007, Gould reacted to the interview in an article she wrote for The New York Times.[20] A lengthy article she wrote about her experiences with was the New York Times Magazine cover story on May 25, 2008. In it, she described how the negative response to her television appearance caused her to suffer panic attacks, which led her to seek therapy.[21]

Lena Dunham feud

Gould has also attracted criticism and controversy for her public feud with the actor and writer Lena Dunham.[22][23] In her novel Friendship, Gould discussed an evening she spent with Dunham when they met at a dinner party hosted by a mutual friend who lives in the same Brooklyn Heights building as Dunham. Gould mentioned how Dunham's success made her jealous and spoke about the encounter in several media interviews during the promotion of Friendship.[23][24] Girls showrunner Jennifer Konner later posted several negative tweets in response to Gould's article in The New York Times.[25][26] Dunham unfollowed Gould on Twitter and, according to Gould, direct-messaged her saying "you fully suck, I was going to promote your book but you need to get a better talk show story," referring to Gould having spoken about her on talk shows and in interviews.[22][27]

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Gould revealed that she was "very upset" about the public fallout with Dunham and that she remains "a big fan" of hers.[28] Gould later wrote an article for Salon defending Dunham against sexual-abuse accusations stemming from accounts Dunham gave in her essay collection Not That Kind of Girl.[29]

Personal life

Gould is from a Jewish family,[30] and has been married to the novelist Keith Gessen since October 2014.[31] They live in Brooklyn, New York.[6]


  • Hex Education. Illustrator Zareen Jaffery, Razorbill, 2007, ISBN 9781595141187
  • And the Heart Says Whatever. Simon and Schuster. 4 May 2010. ISBN 978-1-4391-3734-5. [5][32][33]
  • Friendship: A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1 July 2014. ISBN 978-0-374-71089-7. [5][34]


  1. ^ a b "And the Heart Says Whatever". Publisher's Weekly. May 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Sorkin Recreated This 2007 Fight Between Kimmel and Gawker on The Newsroom". Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  3. ^ Hicklin, Aaron (2014-12-14). "Overstepping the bounds: how blogger Emily Gould has been oversharing". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  4. ^ Windolf, Jim. "You've Got (Hate) Mail". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b c La Ferla, Ruth (1 July 2014). "Hitting the refresh button". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. pp. 1A 3-5. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b Lundquist, Molly. "Friendship: A Novel - Emily Gould - Author Biography - LitLovers". Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  7. ^ Gould, Emily (2008-05-25). "Emily Gould - Exposed - Blog-Post Confidential - Gawker". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  8. ^ Denton, Nick. "Emily Gould Introduces Oversharing To New York Times Magazine". Gawker. Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  9. ^ Sykes, Rachel. "To overshare: the long and gendered history of TMI". The Conversation. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  10. ^ "She's over oversharing: Emily Gould, blogger and memoirist, turns to fiction". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  11. ^ Hadadi, Roxana (2010-05-24). "New York Stories: Emily Gould, 'And the Heart Says Whatever'". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  12. ^ Amanda MacGregor (September 2008). "Gould, Emily & Jaffery, Zareen. Hex education.(Young adult review)(Brief article)(Book review)". Kliatt. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  13. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (June 30, 2014). "A Lucy and Ethel for an Age After Blogs". The New York Times.
  14. ^ "Emily Books – We're a publishing house sometimes, an eBook of the month club always, and a literary community that brings people together". Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  15. ^ Billfold, The. "Falling Into Debt After a $200,000 Book Advance — The Billfold". Medium. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  16. ^ Claire Kirch (2015-03-04). "Coffee House Launches First Imprint with Emily Books". Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  17. ^ Kimmel Takes On Gawker Stalker on YouTube
  18. ^ Shepherd, Julianne Escobedo. "A Terrible Episode With Worse Timing: The Newsroom Tackles Campus Rape". Jezebel. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  19. ^ Doyle, Sady. "What Aaron Sorkin, Jon Stewart, and Tina Fey Learned From Their Internet Critics". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  20. ^ Gould, Emily (May 4, 2007). "Coordinates of the Rich and Famous". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  21. ^ Gould, Emily (May 25, 2008). "Exposed". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  22. ^ a b "Lena Dunham's feud with author Emily Gould". Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  23. ^ a b "How Emily Gould Published a Novel, Lost Her Job, and Provoked Lena Dunham. In 1 Week". The Cut. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  24. ^ "Emily Gould, Gawker's Original Oversharer, Hits Refresh". ELLE. 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  25. ^ "Girls EP Jenni Konner on 'Horrible' Women and That Wig Scene from How to Get Away With Murder". Vulture. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  26. ^ "Jenni Konner on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  27. ^ "Webs They Weave: David Shapiro x Emily Gould". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  28. ^ "Emily Gould Talks 'Friendship,' Lena Dunham Spat". The Huffington Post. 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  29. ^ Gould, Emily. "The right's Lena Dunham nonsense just won't stop". Salon. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  30. ^ Emily Gould (2007). "Deconstructing Deborah". Guilt & Pleasure. Retrieved June 11, 2016. And when my mom, a convert whose religious enthusiasm continually perplexes my mostly secular Jewish family
  31. ^ Hicklin, Aaron (2014-12-14). "Overstepping the bounds: how blogger Emily Gould has been oversharing". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  32. ^ Cline, Rob (22 August 2010). "Book Review. Oversharing is theme - or whatever". The Gazette. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. p. 2L. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  33. ^ Reynolds, Susan Salter (2 May 2010). "Book Review. Discoveries. And The Heart Says Whatever". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. p. E15. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  34. ^ Heller, Karen (13 July 2014). "Book review. A novel of sorts: It's more memoir with a little plot". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. pp. H1, H4. Retrieved 19 July 2019.

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