Blake Bailey wrote about misogynists for years. The establishment never even stopped to think he was one.

Blake Bailey as a teacher at Lusher School (left), the Lusher Charter School for gifted students (center) and as a published author (right).

In early 2014, I had started shopping around a few chapters of a memoir, when a fresh-faced agent turned up in my Inbox wanting to represent me. Not knowing the literary world back then, I agreed. Followed by the signing papers came a suggestion to read The