Julia Allison has broken up with her unlikely boyfriend, Christopher "Toph" Eggers. Yes, that Eggers: the younger brother of author Dave Eggers written about in Eggers' breakthrough memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
It was an odd pairing, the shameless blog-and-video fameball, with a contributor to the famed Eggers line of elaborately precious and self-consciously-old-fashioned written products. But then, judging from the Twitter account Allison, 28, set up for young Eggers, 26ish, there were mutual benefits to the relationship. Toph, reportedly developing a feature film, was determined to make Allison school him in the tricky art of internet self promotion:
More surprising than the pairing was how it ended: At Allison's behest. We hear that Toph had an ex-girlfriend who wasn't ex- enough. With the breakup and its slow leak into public view, Allison is feeling "teary" and old and "the world would be a much better place if we were all more honest."
Hard to imagine this fairy tale romance went awry, given how sweetly it started: