I Was Caroline Calloway

Natalie Beach, writing The Cut, has an extraordinary story to tell.

When I was a sophomore in college, I took a creative-nonfiction workshop and met a girl who was everything I wasn’t. The point of the class was to learn to write your own story, but from the moment we met, I focused instead on helping her tell her own, first in notes after workshop, then later editing her Instagram captions and co-writing a book proposal she sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. It seems obvious now, the way the story would end, but when I first met Caroline Calloway, all I saw was the beginning of something extraordinary.

It’s a fascinating read about two people I’m not sure I’d ever want to be friends with. The whole story is a bit of a train wreck of using one another, riding coattails and poor me.

It will probably make a great movie.

September 10, 2019

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