When fledgling screenwriter Diablo Cody was nominated for an Academy Award in 2008, feature writers across the U.S. clicked their heels to learn that she’d once worked as a pole dancer. Her 2005 memoir Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper provided an easy angle on Cody and, combined with her irreverent sense of humor, helped turn her into a media darling. Inevitably she’s become an object of fun, parodied as an empty vessel on Saturday Night Live and skewered in Bobcat Goldthwait’s movie God Bless America as “the only stripper with too much self-esteem.” Very few screenwriters become even minor celebrities, and one might argue that Cody’s experience has colored her writing; two of her lesser screenplays, for Young Adult (2011) and Ricki and the Flash (2015), deal with women boxed in by their wild reputations. Continue reading >>