If you’re going to change the names, change the names…

Publisher to Make a Change in Lena Dunham’s Book — A New York Times article on 12/10/14 reported that a chapter in Lena Dunham’s book Not That Kind of Girl has caused a kerfluffle. Seems that a guy named Barry thinks he’s the guy she identified as “Barry” and described as a rapist in her book is recognizable as him. Quoting from the article:

On Monday, Random House said it would make changes to the e-book and to future printings of physical editions to clarify that the man Ms. Dunham describes isn’t named Barry, and offered to pay the Oberlin graduate’s legal fees.

“As indicated on the copyright page of ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ by Lena Dunham, some names and identifying details in the book have been changed. The name ‘Barry’ referenced in the book is a pseudonym. Random House, on our own behalf and on behalf of our author, regrets the confusion,” the statement said.

If you’re going to say you changed the names, it’s best to actually change them before you publish your memoir.

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