[ManArchy Mag]: Nik Richie is the creator of TheDirty.com, a satire and civilian gossip website known for calling out non-celebrities. The site has yielded Nik appearances on such shows as Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper, 20/20, and Nancy Grace. His memoir, Sex, Lies, and The Dirty, has been recently released through Feral House. It details the invention of “reality Internet,” Nik’s rise to prominence, and the various pieces of “dirt” that weren’t public information until now. Brandon Tietz of ManArchy Magazine was recently able to ask Nik some questions about the book.
Q: TheDirty.com is a satire and civilian gossip site that you’ve run for quite some time. So what exactly are you hoping this book will do that the website hasn’t done already?
A: Honestly, I wrote this book so people could get a better understanding of who I have become through the journey that has been TheDirty.com. The growth of the website has a direct correlation to my personal growth and development as a human being. I wanted to let people in behind the scenes so that they could feel my pain and gain.
Q: You’ve never written a book before, so can you tell us a little bit about how that process compares to running the site?
A: Writing the book was a f*cking nightmare. This was a two-year process of reflection and moral gut checking. I wanted to be honest with myself, but reflecting on my past was not easy. When I write things on TheDirty.com it tends to be about other people. This book focuses on me and the players involved in my circles. Stabbing yourself factually is not fun.
Q: When your book proposal leaked and was published by Gawker.com under the title “The Most Obnoxious Book Proposal Ever” they said some rather unflattering things about it, namely: “… this proposal is the literary equivalent of stomach bile sneaking up your throat right before puke.” Having read both that and the proposal, I can conclusively say the plan and the outcome are completely different. I think people are expecting an Internet version of Tucker Max but you managed to sneak in quite a bit of heart. Was it difficult for you to write about yourself from a vulnerable standpoint?
A: I hate the Tucker Max comparison. He writes about fake war stories in his head. I give him credit for duping the general public and probably making a shitload of money, but this book/memoir is completely different. I let go 100%. I truly feel like I let the demons out of my soul. I could care less what Gawker thinks, people love to paint pictures of who they believe “Nik Richie” is. Read the book and you will find out.
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