The Word: Author takes meaty revenge on Gwyneth Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow appeared recently at the East Hampton Library Authors’ Night to promote her vegan cookbook, “It’s All Good.” But it wasn’t all good, as far as her fellow authors were concerned.

Novelist Christina Oxenberg was seated next to Paltrow and got kind of a bum deal, she says. “Then the divinity in question arrived with hubby, children and a couple of massive bodyguards. The worshippers blocked my view of the whole world, abusing my tiny territory upon which to abandon their trash or lean their sorry asses,” she writes on her blog.

Since her event was spoiled, Oxenberg got up and said hello to her fellow authors. Then, to add insult to injury, Paltrow’s bodyguards refused to allow her to sit back down, despite her name tag. She had to crawl under the table.

Oxenberg took some creative revenge, though. “I made a plate of miniature sloppy hamburgers, stinky steak sandwiches and the like and hauled it back to my piece of table. … And there I sat with my meat products, wafting the excellent smells toward my sleek vegan neighbor. She ignored the siren smells of protein.”

Maybe so, but if even one of Paltrow’s followers was turned back from the vegan abyss by the meaty aroma assault, let’s count this as a win for Oxenberg.



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