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This Debut Author Discusses the Ins and Outs of Writing a Sociopath

The sociopath in fiction is an amoral serial killer. A monster in human form without feeling or emotion. Patrick Bateman from American Psycho comes to mind. Or every other Stephen King villain. The reality of the sociopath is that they comprise four percent of the population, and most of them live among us, without murdering anyone.

 

In a discussion with Publishers Weekly , debut author Carola Lovering discusses what she learned about sociopaths for her debut novel, Tell Me Lies.

 

Tell Me Lies follows a young college woman who becomes enthralled by a charming albeit manipulative womanizer with sociopathic tendencies.

 

Lovering states:

I quickly learned that a sociopath is a person with a mental health disorder called Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD), and that the profile of a serial killer is only at one far, rare end of the sociopathic spectrum. On the opposite end and in between, there are varying degrees of sociopathy, some hardly traceable, many easily masked. And more disturbingly, I discovered that sociopaths are startlingly common, and that the possibility I’d dated one or two was not so farfetched.

 

In researching for her novel, Lovering read up on the literature surrounding these kinds of people. One you can browse right now is the blog Sociopath World by the author of Confessions of a Sociopath. She also read The Sociopath Next Door and the novel You

 

She wrote:

What characterizes all sociopathy, regardless of where it lies on the spectrum, is a common trait: sociopaths do not experience guilt or remorse.

 

The vast majority of sociopaths are men, the statistics claim that the male to female ratio could be something like 20:1. Lovering herself dated a person who could very well have been one, and the odds are good that at least some of us have encountered individuals with sociopathy in our lives.

 

In writing the sections of her novel from the sociopathic character’s point of view, Lovering was able to see life through his eyes. It’s a testament to the power of the written word that even with such a diffident mental state, it’s still possible to step into somebody else’s shoes and see the world from their point of view, if only for a short while. Considering another person’s perspective is something that all of us can always use practice in, even if you are not a sociopath.

 

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A 125-Year-Old Printing Company Is Closing Its Doors

Edwards Brothers Malloy, of the U.S.’s largest printers for books and journals, will, unfortunately, close its doors on June 15th. The company sent out a small email to its customers and put out a website notice last Thursday stating:

 

It is with heavy hearts we announce that Edwards Brothers Malloy will be closing our doors as of June 15.”

 

Furthermore, the email stated that as the company begins the process of shutting down its facilities it will continue to use its in-house staff to finish projects for customers. The company is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has been in the printing business for 125 years. The company merged with Malloy Inc. in 2012 the company stated that its annual sales were about $115 million. Sadly, the company’s sales have dipped to under $100 million.

 

The company’s offset and digital operations were in eleven locations, but back in February, the company announced that they would consolidate all of their offset public operations into its Michigan location by the end of 2018. This decision caused the closing of one of the company’s offset locations on Lillington, N.C. 

 

The president of the company, John Edwards said that the company made this decision because of the declining demand for offset and the rising interest in its digital printing operations.  The last words of Edwards and Bill Upton, the Vice President of Operations spoke about how much they thank their employees and customers for support and how they have been the cornerstone of their 125-year history. 

 

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Milo Yiannopoulos’s Editor’s Notes ARE Hilarious, But They Distract From the Bigger Problem

The editor’s notes on alt-right mouthpiece Milo Yiannopoulos’s manuscript of his memoir Dangerous provide a great deal of amusement, with comments ranging from “throughout the book, your best points seem to be lost in a sea of self-aggrandizement and scattershot thinking” to “DELETE UGH.” However, the fact remains that Yiannopoulos should never have been given a book deal in the first place and my question is, what exactly were they expecting? 

 

When Simon and Schuster decided that it would be a good idea to give Yiannopoulos a book deal, with an advance of $255,000 (£200,000), did they momentarily forget that he is a peddler of terrible ideas based in nothing but bigotry, racism, sexism, and internalized homophobia? Of course not. They sought to make his brand of incendiary hate-mongering marketable, to cash in on the reaction he evoked from the outraged masses. So what, then, did they expect? What did they want from him, if not the type of ridiculous commentary for which he became famous?

 

The editor assigned to him, Mitchell Ivers, was not on board with any of it and did not make any attempt at disguising his low opinion of Yiannopoulos. The Guardian notes the editor’s constant requests that Yiannopoulos tone down his various problematic statements: 

 

“Delete irrelevant and superfluous ethnic joke,” Ivers writes of a passage about taxi drivers. “Let’s not call South Africa ‘white’” is another request, while elsewhere Yiannopoulos is reprimanded for using the phrase “dark continent” about Africa…. Among other criticisms, the publisher’s notes say Yiannopoulos needed a “stronger argument against feminism than saying that they are ugly and sexless and have cats” and that another chapter needs “a better central thesis than the notion that gay people should go back in the closet”… Yiannopoulos goes on to criticise contemporary feminism as “merely a capitalist con-job – a money-grab designed to sell T-shirts to Taylor Swift and Beyoncé fans with asinine slogans”. “Um … like your MILO SWAG?” the editor responds.

 

It wasn’t Yiannopoulos’s sexism, racism, or homophobia that got the deal cancelled, however. It was only after “a recording emerged that appeared to show Yiannopoulos endorsing sex between “younger boys and older men” that the publisher backed out. Yiannopoulos is now attempting to sue for $10 million for breach of contract and it is this that has led to the documents emerging, as Simon and Schuster have submitted them to highlight the problems with the text. And I just can’t stop thinking: WHAT DID YOU EXPECT.

 

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When you offer a famous racist lots of money to write a book about being a famous racist, then you can’t get annoyed when he makes his famously racist comments, and his famously sexist ones, and also his famously homophobic ones. The problem is he should never have been offered a book deal in the first place. There was never going to be a way to package his brand of relentless bigotry as marketable. To attempt to do so was absolute madness in the first place. It was a completely tone-deaf attempt at cashing in on the newly-stirred (and incredibly dangerous) brand of hatred making a comeback across the globe. Only when his comments branched into paedophelia did the publisher finally draw a line.

 

If you’re interested in reading more of Ivers’ scathing commentary, including notes such as “Unclear, unfunny, delete,” then The Guardian notes that “a full copy of an early manuscript of the book, complete with the Simon & Schuster editor Mitchell Ivers’s notes, is available to download from the New York state courts’ website.” Journalist Jamil Smith summarized the ludicrous situation in his recent tweet.

 

 

Exactly. It’s all very well to reject Yiannopolous’s carry-on in retrospect, but that doesn’t negate the fact that Simon & Schuster very much put themselves in this situation. They knew what they were getting into, and while Ivers’ comments are hilarious and exactly the sort of scathing, unrefined criticism I like to see aimed at anyone associated with the alt-right, the problem remains that the publisher did, if only for a short time, endorse him. 

 

Dangerous was self-published later in the year, with Yiannopoulos claiming that it sold more than 100,000. This was, as with almost everything else he says, obviously untrue, and the book actually sold less than 20,000 copies.

 

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Hachette Book Group Drops Weinstein Books in Wake of Scandal

The final word is in. Hachette Book Group has officially dropped Weinstein Books from their company, totally and completely annihilating their deal post-sexual assault news. 

 

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Entertainment Weekly confirmed the decision after Weinstein’s victims stepped forward. He was even dropped by his own company. Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie stated they’d been forced to turn down Weinstein’s unwanted advances, and others have accused him of assault. 

 

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“Hachette Book Group has terminated the Weinstein Books imprint, effective immediately…Titles currently under the Weinstein Books imprint will be published by our Hachette Books imprint,” the company said to EW

 

Now, Weinstein Books are going to be fused into Hachette Books. They’ve even used the title of some of Weinstein’s Oscar-nominated movie titles for books before. Alas, that time has gone and I’d say we’re pleased with the decision.

 

What will happen next? Only time will tell.

 

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