In a statement released Monday to The Wrap that raises many more questions than it answers, Random House finally admits: “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.”
“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,” the publisher told TheWrap exclusively. “Random House, on our own behalf and on behalf of our author, regrets the confusion that has led attorney Aaron Minc to post on GoFundMe on behalf of his client, whose first name is Barry.”
“We are offering to pay the fees Mr. Minc has billed his client to date,” the company continued. “Our offer will allow Mr. Minc and his client to donate all of the crowd-funding raised to not-for-profit organizations assisting survivors of rape and sexual assault.”
Worth remembering that a Barry who actually is Barry — Hussein Obama, that is — did a little fudging and fantasizing in his “memoir” as well:
Dreams From My Father attributes the actions of some people to others — creating what are known as composite characters, a device Obama has never denied and in fact wrote about in the book’s introduction.
“For the sake of compression, some of the characters that appear are composites of people I’ve known, and some events appear out of precise chronology,” Obama said in the introduction to his 1995 book.
Remember, it’s their fantasy world. We just have to endure it.
UPDATE: Random House now says it’s going to alter the passage in question to make it clear Barry is not “Barry.”