Woman: You know you don't have the best reputation around this stuff, right? Noah: That was in college. That was 30 years ago. Woman: That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about your current reputation Noah... in the community. Noah: What community? Woman: The publishing world. You're seen as something of a loose cannon. Noah: What? Why? Woman: Well, you've had a storied past. You went to prison after all. Noah: That's just fucking ridiculous ... I went to prison for my -- Woman: For what? Noah: For my... I don't deserve that. I have the most boring fucking life. I work, I write, I see my kids, and I try to be a good person. That's it. Woman: I know you do, but look, when you got out of prison, you were a little bit angry, right? A little bit bitter. Noah: Sure, prison sucks. Woman: Right, well do you remember teaching a class with a student named Audrey in it? Audrey Nelson. Noah: Yeah, yeah I think. Woman: Were you not very nice to her? Noah: Well, I was as nice to her as I was to anyone else in that class. Why? Woman: She's written a book. Noah: Good for her. Woman: Apparently, you're in it. Noah: Really? Woman: She doesn't name you directly, but it's a memoir about her abusive relationship with an older male professor. She's going around town telling people that the character is based on you.
Noah: I, I was a happy man back then. Proud of my family. My first book had just come out. Everything I dreamed I'd achieve as a young man, I'd done it. Det; Jeffries: But. Noah: That's just it. There is no but. When I look back, I can't tell you why it happened.