There's a New York Observer article where it's revealed that the author of the Opinionistas blog is a 27-year-old law firm associate (well, until recently) named Melissa Lafsky. I've been compulsively reloading the Observer web site for the past fifteen minutes or so, as I started to notice they were putting up this week's new articles, because I was briefly interviewed on the phone this morning by the reporter and wanted to see whether I got mentioned in the piece. I didn't realize until I saw the Gawker story this afternoon that it was for an article about Opinionistas' reveal -- the article talks more generally about anonymous bloggers coming forward, and that's what the reporter told me it was about. But once I saw the Gawker story, I figured that's what it was. [Incidentally, as of right now, the link to Page 3 of the article is broken on the site. My amazing URL-decoding skills have located it here.]
I am briefly mentioned in Page 2 of the article:
...JEREMY BLACHMAN, WHO WRITES the Anonymous Lawyer blog in the voice of a fictional law-firm partner, also had decided that he wanted to do something besides practice law. So he grabbed for that little brass ring by dropping an e-mail to a Times reporter who had interviewed him on a prior occasion.
“I knew that I wanted to write, but I wasn’t sure how to find those opportunities. I was definitely eager for someone to write a story about me,” he said.
Sidenote: I find it so nervewracking to get interviewed by a reporter for anything, even something this small and innocuous, especially on the phone. I am not very good at this. I should take a deep breath and actually think about giving a good answer, instead of just trying to think as I talk. This was a five-minute interview, easy questions about why I revealed myself as Anonymous Lawyer, and still I obsessed afterwards about whether I could have possibly said something wrong or that could have come off differently from how I meant it, or anything like that. Maybe I'm just neurotic, but it's really frightening to talk to a reporter on the phone. I don't know how people who have to do it regularly do it effectively.
I'm totally curious what other people think about Opinionistas' reveal, but I don't know that I have anything to add to the discussion. I think the Observer piece is actually pretty interesting, regarding the coordinated set of activities she's done before coming forward (like, "Last week, she posed in a nightgown for a spread on female bloggers for a future issue of Fashion Week Daily."). It shows how this stuff has changed just over the course of a year. I had no idea what would happen after my Times piece. I got very lucky. But I didn't expect to end up with a book deal, or plan on it. I didn't know how many people would see the piece, or what the response would be. Now people are orchestrating this stuff. The blogosphere's growing up, kids. I hear Instapundit's posing in that same nightgown spread.