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Odd pairing of the week: Who knew that ’90s literary wild child Elizabeth Wurtzel and establishment superlawyer David Boies were pals? In a new essay in New York magazine the “Prozac Nation” author bemoans her no-home, no-husband, no-savings mid-40s — but praises Boies as a white knight who recently helped her out of a crisis with a stalker-landlord.

“He is the smartest person I have ever met,” she writes of Boies, who represented Al Gore in the 2000 recount and the Justice Department against Microsoft. (“I knew David Foster Wallace pretty well, and he was pretty smart, but David Boies makes David Wallace look like, well, some other lesser David, maybe David Remnick . I think most people are overrated; not David Boies.”)

What’s the connection? He took a big chance on hiring her a few years ago when she switched from writing to law. (She left his firm last year.)

David Boies in 2000. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

In an email, she elaborated: “Obviously it is no secret that David is a great attorney, but I’m not sure people know he is a great person. But that is probably a lot of what makes him so good at his job: when you are ridiculously smart, it is easy to be condescending and impatient, and it takes real kindness not to lapse into those tendencies. David is very generous with his intelligence. . . he makes everyone feel smart.” Boies did not get back to us.

Elizabeth Wurtzel Confronts Her One-Night Stand of a Life (New York)


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