"The Next Kaavya"? Ivy League Gossip Blog Thinks It's Found Her...Er, Him

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The IvyGate blog is pretty sure it's found the next Kaavya Viswanathan, the Harvard junior and onetime book author accused of stealing passages from chick lit authors and Salman Rushdie. But will Aleksey Vayner, a Yale senior, get to go on the Today show and apologize? IvyGate reports that Vayner's self-published E-book (on the Holocaust), his charity's website (which featured a "Four Star Charity" icon without approval, the organization that authorizes those icons told the Yale Daily News), and his capital management firm (yeah, he claims to run one of these, too) are all guilty of plagiarism.

At Yale, students have wondered about Vayner's relationship with the truth for a while. A teammate on the ballroom dance team tells the school paper that Vayner told her he is "one of four people in the state of Connecticut qualified to handle nuclear waste." And even before Vayner enrolled at Yale, a writer at Yale's Rumpus magazine published a profile of him titled "CRAAAZY PREFROSH" (the writer had hosted Vayner during the school's admitted students weekend, during which, according to the Rumpus story, Vayner said he'd been employed by both the Mafia and the CIA).

IvyGate resurrected the "CRAAAZY" story when it discovered this video résumé, which Vayner apparently included in his applications to several banking and consulting firms this fall. Subsequently, more anecdotes have surfaced, ranging from believable to this one, posted in IvyGate's comment section: Vayner, a reader writes, once "claimed that he has trouble flying on planes because he has to register his hands as lethal weapons each time he goes to an airport."