fashion_piranha (fashion_piranha) wrote,

News?: Eat, Pray, Love and Wikipedia Shenanigans

Today I thought I'd talk about something bookish I did yesterday - it's not a review or all that newsworthy, but it gave me a bit of a giggle.

I have several friends who greatly enjoyed the book Eat, Pray, Love.  I haven't read it myself, because I have a problem with the basic premise: Ms. Gilbert financed her year-long trip through Italy, India and Indonesia with the advance her publisher paid for the book that became Eat, Pray, Love.  That is, she went into her journey of self-discovery with the full intent of writing a memoir, and therefore had to experience revelations and romance and so on in order to make a compelling narrative.  It's much less a journey of spiritual growth when there's commercial gain at the end, no?  That's how I see it, anyway.

But I wasn't sure where I'd heard Eat, Pray, Love was paid for by a publisher's advance.  Wouldn't it be horrible if I was condemning a book on nothing but a scurrilous Internet rumor?  So I went looking for an reputable news source that mentions that fact.*  Whilst I was poking about, I wandered over to the Wikipedia page, I saw something that made me laugh:

But this is not what I came to Wikipedia for, so I kept looking to references to Gilbert's advance from the publisher.  Wikipedia did mention it:

Unfortunately, the source link provided on Wiki didn't actually mention the advance.  The best I've been able to do, so far, is find a blog entry that references a 2007 interview Gilbert did with NPR - and yes, she confirms that the trip was financed by a book advance.


*    I did hear that Gilbert mentions the fact herself within the book.  Can any of you who have read the book confirm or deny this? 
Tags: humor, news?
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