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Did NYT’s Mark Leibovich Swipe Book Title?

Washingtonian Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt finds it pretty amusing that This Town, the rager of a book by NYT‘s Mark “Leibo” Leibovich that’s getting gobs of attention in Washington this week, is actually the name of her blog.

In a blog post published on the 4th of July titled “Mark Leibovich I’m Flattered You Lifted the Name of My Blog for Your Book,” Joynt details her blog, also called This Town, which she began writing sometime in 2011. She says he began using it several years back for a column she wrote for Washington Life under a pen name “Michael Strange.” She also says it’s the name of a Sidney Blumenthal play. Who knew?

She writes, “Do I plan to read this new book? I prefer British murder mysteries and spy thrillers over books about DC, especially when the focus is the city’s many real life phonies, users, hustlers and self-promoters who steal from the poor. (That’s my daily work!)”

See the full post. We requested comment from Leibovich.

UPDATE:  Leibovich replied, “I honestly had no idea. …Oh well.”

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