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The Upper East Side was like something from Fitzgerald or Thackeray – teenagers acting like adults, adults acting like teenagers, guarding secrets, spreading gossip all with the trappings of truly opulent wealth.

“And membership into this community was so elite you couldn’t even buy your way in. It was a birthright – a birthright I didn’t have. And my greatest achievements would never earn me.

“All I had to compare it to was what I read in books. But that gave me the idea: I wasn’t born into this world … maybe I could write myself into it.

“I overheard enough conversations to be able to mimic the language of the Constance girls, but every writer needs his muse and it wasn’t until that photo of Serena in the white dress that I knew I had something strong enough to actually create a legend and launch a website.

“Within weeks I was getting dozens of emails with stories about Upper East Siders, so I posted them anonymous. And then I got more. Before long it was a monster.

“Everyone was sending tips … And when Serena came back from boarding school, I wrote my first post about me, Lonely Boy, the outsider, the underdog. I might have been a joke but at least people were talking about me.”  – Dan Humphrey reveals that “Lonely Boy” was Gossip Girl all along, on the Gossip Girl series finale. And if you’re having trouble with that too, check out ButYouWereDanTheWholeTime, a new Tumblr which plans to re-watch every episode to see how many plotlines no ,onger make sense.


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