Monday, January 05, 2004

Where in the World is TMFTML? 

For all of his anxious fans who have begun to worry in earnest, perhaps this choice news item sheds some light on the pseudonymously anonymous man's whereabouts:

"LAS VEGAS – Literary sensation Nell Freudenberger married a childhood friend from New York City in an early morning ceremony but quickly arranged to have it annulled, a source close to the writer told The Associated Press on Monday.

Amanda “Binky” Urban, a Manhattan-based literary agent, confirmed that the 28-year-old Freudenberger married a still-unidentified Manhattan resident at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday at a Las Vegas wedding chapel.

"Nobody knew it was coming," said Urban, who famously brokered Freudenberger’s six-figure deal with Ecco (HarperCollins) for her debut collection “Lucky Girls” and a forthcoming novel.

Freudenberger and the man known by the mysterious acronym of “TMFTML” arranged an annulment Monday afternoon in the presence of several people, including a Las Vegas lawyer, said a source close to Freudenberger who spoke on condition of anonymity. The signed annulment will be filed when the courts open this morning, the source said.

Calls to Freudenberger's representatives were not immediately returned.

Freudenberger and “TMFTML” journeyed by limousine to the Little White Wedding Chapel on the Strip after a stop at the Circus Circus casino. The chapel staff told the couple they couldn't get married without a license, so they were taken to get a license and driven back to the chapel, where they were married.

The groom wore a baseball cap and torn jeans down the aisle and was escorted by a Circus Circus card dealer, the source told the AP.
Urban shrugged off rumors that “TMFTML” was drunk and had to be carried out of the Rain nightclub inside the Palms on New Year's Eve."

I hope that puts everyone's minds at rest. For the time being, anyway.

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