Who's the Chic Middle-Aged Drug Peddler in the NYT's MDMA Story?

The New York Times website just published a Style section piece on hip downtown party drug MDMA, aka "molly." Perhaps you've done molly in a sparsely furnished loft somewhere—or a cramped bathroom stall—and soon felt, as one woman described it, "very turned on—not even sexually, but you just feel really upbeat and want to dance or whatever." Or whatever.

Read the whole article if that sounds like your thing (there are other quotes from doctors and Cat Marnell), but more interesting for our purposes is an anecdote at the beginning, in which a college student claims a middle-aged woman of some note supplied her with her first ever dose of molly at a fancy Brooklyn soiree.

At a party not long ago in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Kaitlin, a 22-year-old senior at Columbia University, was recalling the first time she was offered a drug called Molly, at the elegant Brooklyn home of a cultural figure she admired. "She was, like, 50, and she had been written about in the Talk of the Town," said Kaitlin, who was wearing black skinny jeans and a tank top. "This woman was very smart and impressive."

At one point, the hostess pulled Kaitlin aside and asked if she had ever tried the drug, which is said to be pure MDMA, the ingredient typically combined with other substances in Ecstasy pills. "She said that it wasn’t cut with anything and that I had nothing to worry about," said Kaitlin, who declined to give her last name because she is applying for jobs and does not want her association with the drug to scare off potential employers. "And then everyone at the party took it."

Sounds like a great party: college girls bending to the coaxing of 50-year-old ladies asking them to get high. What could go wrong? But more importantly, who is this drug pusher?

Here are the clues: woman, "cultural figure," around 50, lives in Brooklyn, been in the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pages. Who could it be? My guess: Paula Deen.

[Image via AP]